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Norwalk Mother Helps to Make Adoption Affordable

Aims to provide prospective parents with grants

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Norwalk, CT | Added on February 05, 2015 At 09:59 PM

"I truly believe that our daughter was always meant to be ours and that's why we went through such a long journey," said Norwalk resident Laura Loffredo.

Not a day goes by when Norwalk resident Laura Loffredo doesn't lay eyes on her now three-year-old daughter Kaia and feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  

"The first time I held her in my arms, she was probably about five minutes old and I was overcome by emotion. I just felt so blessed and I just felt the six years of pain that I had gone through, the six years of all that hardship, it just went away and for the first time I understood the reason for everything."  

After struggling through six years of infertility, Loffredo endured eight failed fertility treatments and a miscarriage.  

"That was kind of the end for me," said Loffredo. "I just couldn't do it anymore." 

But her lifelong dream of becoming a mother came true after she and her husband pursued adoption, and now Loffredo is helping others afford the high cost adoption, which can average around $35 to $40 thousand both domestically and internationally.   

"The Adoption Hope Foundation is a foundation that I started and our mission is to help break the financial barrier of adoption by providing people with grants who hope to build their family though adoption." 

Loffredo soon setup up a page on fundraising website GoFundMe.com to raise funds for the foundation's startup fees, and in just a month, the foundation raised over $4,000 from nearly 60 online donors. 

"If we raise enough money, we'll be able to provide our first grants," said Loffredo. "Our goal is to provide the first grants by the end of 2015 and we hope to give about $5,000 in each grant." "If we can raise $10,000 by April 15th, we'll be able to first grants by the end of the year." 

Loffredo says the foundation has received a great response from the adoption community.  

"Most people who we are receiving funding from have been people in the adoption community, people whose lives have been touched by adoption and want to give back by supporting our organization. Also a lot of people in my network, friends, family, very supportive of this mission. They know how much it means to me and they really believe in it." 

To make a donation a learn more about Laura's adoption journey visit http://www.gofundme.com/adoptionhope

 


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