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May 20th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Adoptive mom helps 'give birth' to 43 families

New York (CNN) - Becky Fawcett considers her infertility a blessing. But it wasn't always that way.

Desperate to be a mother, Fawcett endured five rounds of in vitro fertilization and three miscarriages before she and her husband Kipp adopted their first child in 2005.

Now the proud mother of 5-year-old Jake and 18-month old Brooke says that no matter how one becomes a mother, "it's a miracle."

But the costs for adopting in the United States can be steep. While foster care adoptions are often under $2,500, licensed private agency adoptions or independent adoptions can total more than $40,000.

After Fawcett and her husband experienced those high costs firsthand, they dedicated themselves to alleviating some of the expenses for other adoptive parents.

In 2005, the couple was sitting in their lawyer's office going over the paperwork for Jake's adoption, which cost about $40,000. It struck Fawcett that many loving and fit parents couldn't adopt a child if they didn't have a lump sum of cash at their disposal.

"I sat there and thought if ... I was told that I was not going to be a mother because I couldn't afford adoption, I don't even know what I would have done," said Fawcett, 40. "I don't know who I would have turned to for help. It just hit me. I knew how lucky we were."

With their own savings and support from family and friends, Fawcett and her husband created Since 2007, the group has awarded more than $300,000 in financial assistance toward adoption expenses.

Read more about Fawcett here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
May 20th, 2011
11:49 AM ET

Where are the jobs? Look to Baytown, Texas

Continuing our CNN-TIME series on "America's Job Hunt," American Morning's Ali Velshi profiles a town in Texas with a surplus of jobs.

Baytown, Texas is a coastal city just outside of Houston, where companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron and Bayer are itching to fill jobs. As we found out, there are almost not enough skilled technology workers in the area to fill all the positions available.

See the report here.

Filed under: Jobs
May 20th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

Female entrepreneurs leading the way in job creation

Guess where most small business jobs are coming from?

Female entrepreneurs are part of a growing trend in job creation in the United States. In just a few years, female-run small businesses will generate as many a 5.5 million new jobs nationwide.

American Morning's Christine Romans profiles Stacey Antine, founder and CEO of HealthBarn USA, a hands-on program to teach families about farming and nutrition. Antine is looking to make hers a million-dollar success story.

Filed under: Jobs
May 20th, 2011
11:14 AM ET

What will be the jobs of the future?

What's high-tech, mobile and green all over? The jobs of the future of course, as John Abel, New York Bureau Chief of, tells CNN's American Morning.

Filed under: Jobs
May 20th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Actor, Sean Astin talks about his new real life role in politics

Actor, Sean Astin has starred in 'Rudy', 'Lord of the Rings,' and 'The Goonies' but his latest gig is political. He decided to sign on to become campaign manager for his friend, Daniel Adler who was running in a special California Congressional election. Why such a detour from his normal day job?

Filed under: Politics
May 20th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

President Obama talks borders for Israel and Palestine

Some people have said the President made a bold move on the question about Israeli/Palestinian conflict by supporting pre-1967 borders for the first time. Benjamin Netanyahu said the 1967 borders are indefensible and will meet with the President today, how will this meeting fare? CNN's American Morning speaks with Marc Ginsberg, former Middle East Presidential Adviser & former ambassador to Morocco and Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland about the President's Middle East speech.

Filed under: Middle East
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