Real Stories

You don’t have to be a hero to change a young person's life. Meet ordinary people from throughout Colorado who are making our state a better place for children.

Adoption: Cathy

Cathy adopted seven-year-old daughter Erin when Erin was 3. Cathy immediately became Erin’s strongest advocate, even before the adoption was finalized. Having spent her entire career as a teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, Cathy was confident that she could help Erin, who is hearing impaired. They started with cochlear implants, teaching sign language and, finally, Cathy successfully advocated for Erin to learn spoken English in school. As doctor appointments revealed additional, more complex medical needs, Cathy and Erin took it one step at a time. They relied on each other, a network of supportive friends and “Girl Power!”  

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