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Connections: The stories of local women who became single moms by choice

Many parents across the country have had to make major adjustments to their home and work lives in order to balance child care and their careers during the pandemic. Some single parents in particular say they’ve struggled.

The New York Times recently profiled four women who decided to become single mothers on their own. The women describe why they chose their paths, the joys of motherhood, and the unexpected challenges they’ve come to face -- especially during the pandemic. One of those women is a Rochester resident who adopted eight children from the foster care system and has cared for 20 more. She joins us to share her story, along with another local single mom by choice.

Our guests:

  • Trelawney McCoy, single mom by choice, and project counselor at the University of Rochester
  • Andrea Holland, single mom by choice, and public speaking coach
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.