Adopting Alani

Campaign Created by: Jessica Luciano

The funds from this campaign will be received by Jessica Luciano.

Goal: USD $50,000
Raised: USD $ 30,065

Our family has suffered a tragic and senseless loss. Our cousin, Amanda Hicks, 26, was murdered by her fiance. He then shot and killed himself with their baby in the very next room. This act was done with no thought or regard for the child’s safety. Originally, Baby Alani was placed in temporary custody with the perpetrator’s parents.  Initially, our family had reached out to the Diaz Family to see Baby Alani, however, we had been told they wanted nothing to do with us. On the contrary, we are willing to foster an amicable and open relationship with the paternal side of the family.  Since then we have been able to obtain 50-50 custody in two week increments. We have been blessed with the opportunity to have Alani stay with us in NJ for half of every month. As the out of staters, we are blessed with the responsibility of flying Alani back and forth to NJ and FL every 2 weeks.  

We still have a long road ahead of us, and we are continuing to fight to bring Baby Alani home to her maternal side of the family. We have even hired a second attorney. Since Amanda’s parents have both passed and her brother is only 24 years-old, my husband and I (Amanda’s first cousin) are eager to provide Baby Alani a beautiful life in a stable home with two siblings close to her age. She will grow up in a safe neighborhood and have access to great schools. She will be surrounded by a large, loving family that will provide her with unconditional love and support.

Currently, the adoption goal date has been set for July 5th of 2024. In light of this timeline, we have increased our fundraising goal to $50,000. 

Please help us fight for the Best Interests of Baby Alani by contributing to this fundraiser. Thank you. 

UPDATES

Update #1
November 15, 2023
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We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send a prayer and/ or donate to our campaign! Through your generosity and prayers, we have been able to obtain  50-50 custody in two week increments. We have been blessed with the opportunity to have Alani stay with us in NJ for half of every month.

As a result of all this hard work, God has blessed us with the chance to watch Alani take her first steps and watch as she wonderfully fell in love with our two older children, myself and my husband. And in turn, we have madly, deeply and effortlessly fallen in love with Alani. She is a part of our home, our hearts and our everyday lives.

But the battle is not over! After learning of the timeline, we have decided to hire a second attorney to help through the process. The adoption goal date has been set for July 5th, 2024.  As the out of staters, we have been blessed with the responsibility of flying Alani back and forth to NJ and Florida.  And in order to maintain this blessing, we are increasing our fundraising goal to $50,000. 

Thank you for all you have done to help make Alani a part of our world! The last 15 plus weeks have been beautiful!  Here is to fighting for full adoption where she will be raised and loved by us while maintaining a consistent and open relationship with her paternal grandparents! 

It helps us tremendously when you share this link with others. You would be surprised at the number of prayers and generosity of those unrelated to us! 

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