Focus on the Family
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Heather Avis

Heather Avis is passionate about communicating the God-given value and worth of every human life, with a particular emphasis on those who have Down syndrome. Two of her three adopted children have this condition, and she shares the lessons and joy of raising them in her first book, The Lucky Few, which is also the title of a podcast she co-hosts. Heather is also a public speaker and posts regularly on her popular Instagram channel which has more than 100,000 followers. In 2019, she released her second book, Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs. She and her family reside in Southern California.

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Special Needs Adoption Journey

An amazing journey for a family can start with special needs adoption.

Heather Avis being interviewed in the Focus on the Family broadcast studio

Shouting the Worth of Every Person

Heather Avis shares her motivational story of adopting three children – two with Down syndrome – as an encouragement for listeners to consider what they can do to advocate for the God-given value of those who are often overlooked or neglected by society.

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Heather Avis: When Adoption is Scary, Uncomfortable and Wonderful

While the world was telling us all the reasons we shouldn’t adopt a child with Down syndrome, God was showing us not only a baby in need of a family, but that we were a family in need of a baby.