Moms Who Rock
Amazing stories about mothers who go above and beyond, making selfless and inspiring contributions to their communities, friends and families
When we asked you to tell us about the amazing moms in your life, we had no idea we'd be flooded with hundreds of stories about such inspiring women doing pretty powerful stuff for their families, friends and communities.
Narrowing our search to just six finalists was no easy task, but, ultimately, these women represent all mothers who work selflessly each day to raise their families and do good things. Here they are: our Moms Who Rock.
Grand-Prize Winner: Starla Jones
22, Norman, Oklahoma; mom to son Elijah, 13 months, and foster mom to her niece, 5 months
Why she rocks: She broke a family legacy of neglect and abuse and fostered her sister's drug-addicted infant — all while being a new mom herself.
Her story: Four days after Starla Jones' estranged older sister gave birth to a little girl, the baby was handed over to foster care. (The laws in some states prohibit the baby from being identified.)
Starla, herself a new mom, felt she needed to step in and help. “I wanted to do what I could to give her a normal life,” says Starla, who lived in foster homes for a couple of years as a child. “I didn't want her to go through what I did.”
When she and her husband welcomed her niece at 3 weeks old, the newborn was underweight and still dealing with drug withdrawal symptoms like not wanting to be held and difficulty sleeping. “That was probably the hardest time of my life,” she says. Fortunately, the little girl is thriving under their care. “She's so smiley,” says Starla.
The couple are trying to officially adopt the infant. “It's a huge blessing to see a baby who was going through something so difficult and then to see her get the love she deserves,” Starla says. “I'm truly amazed to see her happy and doing great.”
Special thanks to the Omni Orlando Resort for hosting Starla and her family for a four-night stay.