Young single teacher wipes out savings to adopt student and his sibling


Being a teacher is a rewarding career when it comes to changing lives – but it’s obviously one that comes with plenty of stresses and difficulties too.You see your children for at least 6 hours every day; you get to know them… and you know instantly when something is wrong.

But seeking help for a child who is so obviously in need isn’t easy.Often, you feel ignored by the authorities. Frustrated that there isn’t something you could personally do to help a vulnerable member of your class.

That’s exactly how Chelsea Haley, aged 24 at the time, felt when she met fourth-grade student Jerome Robinson while working for Teach for America in Louisiana.

The pair didn’t get off to the best start, with Jerome, the “problem child”, almost driving Chelsea from teaching.
But when Chelsea put her foot down and became determined to work more closely with Jerome, she learned the cause of his unruly behavior: a bad home situation.

Chelsea was now desperate to help Jerome, and realized that he needed more than just academic support.

And then, one night, God came to Chelsea in her dreams and told her to adopt Jerome and his baby brother, Jace.
By 2016, a year after meeting them, Chelsea had been granted full custody of Jerome and Jace. At 24 years of age, she gave up her freedom and her savings to become a single mom to two boys.

Adopting a child doesn’t come cheap, and Chelsea spent all the money in her bank to see the process through.

In her first few years of raising the boys, she lived off credit cards and deferred her student loan.
But speaking to Good Morning America, Chelsea said it was all worth it, adding:

“Being their mom is the greatest blessing of my life. I get to wake up in the morning and love two little guys.”

As Chelsea bonded with her two adopted sons, she worked hard to repay her debts. She took on extra tutoring jobs outside of school hours, moved in with her parents, and even delivered groceries for cash.

Along the way, she was learning how to be the best mom to Jerome and Jace, cooking for them and cheering them on at football matches.

And now, just five years later, Chelsea can proudly say that she has paid off nearly $50,000 of debt.
She shared a picture on her Facebook account that shows her posing with her family. On the left, Jerome holds a sign that reads: “At 24-years-old, she wiped out her savings to adopt us as a single mom”.

Little Jace stands between them, and on the right, Chelsea holds up a sign that reads: “Today, at 29 years old, she has officially paid off $48,683.41 and is DEBT FREE!”

Now she’s finally out of debt, Chelsea has plans to buy a house and save up for the boys’ college education.
“It allows me to focus on the boys’ future,” she said. “Saving money for them, and not spending it on my past.”

She offered a word of advice to anyone else who was dealing with debt, suggesting that they focused on the expenses that had the highest amount of interest first.

She added that what made the effort worth it was “knowing you’ll have a lot more freedom once it’s paid off”.

Chelsea might just be one of the most incredible people we’ve heard about in 2020!

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