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Why One Hospital Psychologist Decided She Wanted a Boy with Leukemia to Be Her Son, Not Her Patient: 'He Needs a Mom'

Originally posted 09/15/2016 11:50AM

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Wisconsin Classmates Attend Adoption Ceremony of 10-Year-Old Girl So She Doesn't Miss Out on First Day of School

Originally posted 09/08/2016 03:30PM

Thanks to the kindness of students and staff members at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, day school for children with intellectual disabilities, 10-year-old Abby Novotny didn't have to miss her first day of class to attend a formal court adoption.

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Paralympic Gold Medalist Jessica Long on Inspiring Young Girls to Feel Beautiful: 'We All Hope to Be Role Models'

Paralympic Gold Medalist Jessica Long Inspires Young Girls to Feel Beautiful

Originally posted 09/07/2016 03:30PM

Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long has won 12 gold medals but nothing makes her feel more accomplished than being a role model.

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Virginia Mom of 3 Says Her 'Purpose in Life' Was to Grant Best Friend's Dying Wish to Look After Her 6 Children

Originally posted 08/11/2016 12:30PM

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The Bachelor's Michelle Money on Heartbreaking 'Grieving Process' After Placing Son for Adoption

Originally posted 08/08/2016 04:00PM

After finding out she was pregnant at 15, former The Bachelor contestant Michelle Money made the difficult decision to place her son for adoption – and while she doesn't regret her choice, that hasn't made it any easier.

"The hardest part was loving him so much when I gave birth to him and feeling that love after having carried him for 9 months," Money tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I didn't even know what I was getting myself into, but once I went through the birthing experience and held him in my arms and loved him so much ... it was a lot of emotion to deal with at such a young age."

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Facebook Helps Adopted Woman Battling Cancer Reconnect with Her Birth Mom, 35 Years Later

Originally posted 08/01/2016 10:20PM

  With the help of Facebook, Kate-Madonna Hindes finally tracked down the woman who gave her life.

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Pittsburgh Steelers' Artie Burns Opens up About Adopting His Two Younger Brothers After His Mom's Death

Originally posted 07/01/2016 02:35PM

Artie Burns had just turned 21 when his healthy, 44-year-old mom collapsed without warning. Burns rushed to be by her side at the hospital, just in time to say goodbye.

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Meet the Man Who Has Helped 2,100 Families (and Counting!) Afford Adoption: 'Every Child Deserves a Family'

Originally posted 06/30/2016 12:40PM

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How Confronting Addiction and Depression and Finding His Birth Mom Saved Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels from Committing Suicide

How Confronting Addiction and Depression and Finding His Birth Mom Saved Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels from Committing Suicide

Originally posted 06/29/2016 11:45AM

Most know Darryl "DMC" McDaniels for his sick rhymes, hip-hop legacy in groundbreaking group Run-DMC and placement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – but his rock star life was riddled with demons.

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