Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

The McCoy family prays before eating dinner in their kitchen in Rochester, N.Y. Trelawney McCoy (center) instills the word of God into her eight children, who pray before every meal and attend church together every Sunday. 

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Defying All Odds
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Tyrese Hardy and his sister Imani McCoy get their clothes ready for school the next day.  Since there are so many people living together, the children prep their clothes the night before so the morning runs smoothly. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Trelawney cleans out her car after a long day of cleaning and organizing the house with the help of her children. As a single mother of seven adopted foster children, and one child of her own, Trelawney has a full house to take care of at all times.

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

A stack of clean clothes sits ready for the children to put away. Trelawney's mother Ethel Clancy, helps with some of the chores to keep things organized and moving as smoothly as possible for the family. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Coco McCoy cuddles with her mother, Trelawney on the couch in their living room before bed. Since she has seven children, Trelawney tries her best to give each of them individual attention. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

The McCoy family leaves their house to go to Sunday mass. The family attends church every Sunday at Faith Temple for the 8:30 a.m. service that lasts two hours. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Coco whips her hair around to the song, "Whip My Hair," by Willow Smith. Coco and her sisters love to dance and do cheerleading together both at home and recreationally. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

From L-R, Imani McCoy (9), Sanaria Robinson (10), Kendall Robinson (13), and Coco McCoy (8), play with a kitten as Coco asks their mother Trelawney McCoy, "Can we keep it mom?" Trelawney didn't let them keep it, instead Ms. Iris their neighbor took it in. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Trelawney McCoy rests her hands on her face after a long afternoon as CoCo McCoy talks to her. Trelawney was forced to leave work early to go to Coco's sister, Imani's school because she was suspended for pushing her teacher. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Kwaymayne Hardy helps his sister Coco do her homework after school at their grandmother's house. The children get off the bus at Grandma's until Trelawney picks them up on her way home from work.

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Sanaria Robinson rests her chin on packs of chicken to cool down on a hot spring afternoon. The children often help their mother cook or prepare their meals to help out.

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

The McCoy family gets ready to sing Happy Birthday to Kendall Robinson for his 13th birthday. With so many people in the family, it is easy for attention to be lost on someone, even on their special day. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Trelawney teaches her son, Kendall Robinson how to mow their lawn. All the children have chores they need to accomplish every week to keep things in order. 

Defying All Odds
Defying All Odds

Rasheen Hardy, "Preacher" poses for a prom photo with his ex-girlfriend Keira Settles for their family and friends. Trelawney is always excited to experience the children's milestones with them. Without her, who knows what their lives would have been like. 

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The McCoy family prays before eating dinner in their kitchen in Rochester, N.Y. Trelawney McCoy (center) instills the word of God into her eight children, who pray before every meal and attend church together every Sunday. 

Defying All Odds

Tyrese Hardy and his sister Imani McCoy get their clothes ready for school the next day.  Since there are so many people living together, the children prep their clothes the night before so the morning runs smoothly. 

Defying All Odds

Trelawney cleans out her car after a long day of cleaning and organizing the house with the help of her children. As a single mother of seven adopted foster children, and one child of her own, Trelawney has a full house to take care of at all times.

Defying All Odds

A stack of clean clothes sits ready for the children to put away. Trelawney's mother Ethel Clancy, helps with some of the chores to keep things organized and moving as smoothly as possible for the family. 

Defying All Odds

Coco McCoy cuddles with her mother, Trelawney on the couch in their living room before bed. Since she has seven children, Trelawney tries her best to give each of them individual attention. 

Defying All Odds

The McCoy family leaves their house to go to Sunday mass. The family attends church every Sunday at Faith Temple for the 8:30 a.m. service that lasts two hours. 

Defying All Odds

Coco whips her hair around to the song, "Whip My Hair," by Willow Smith. Coco and her sisters love to dance and do cheerleading together both at home and recreationally. 

Defying All Odds

From L-R, Imani McCoy (9), Sanaria Robinson (10), Kendall Robinson (13), and Coco McCoy (8), play with a kitten as Coco asks their mother Trelawney McCoy, "Can we keep it mom?" Trelawney didn't let them keep it, instead Ms. Iris their neighbor took it in. 

Defying All Odds

Trelawney McCoy rests her hands on her face after a long afternoon as CoCo McCoy talks to her. Trelawney was forced to leave work early to go to Coco's sister, Imani's school because she was suspended for pushing her teacher. 

Defying All Odds

Kwaymayne Hardy helps his sister Coco do her homework after school at their grandmother's house. The children get off the bus at Grandma's until Trelawney picks them up on her way home from work.

Defying All Odds

Sanaria Robinson rests her chin on packs of chicken to cool down on a hot spring afternoon. The children often help their mother cook or prepare their meals to help out.

Defying All Odds

The McCoy family gets ready to sing Happy Birthday to Kendall Robinson for his 13th birthday. With so many people in the family, it is easy for attention to be lost on someone, even on their special day. 

Defying All Odds

Trelawney teaches her son, Kendall Robinson how to mow their lawn. All the children have chores they need to accomplish every week to keep things in order. 

Defying All Odds

Rasheen Hardy, "Preacher" poses for a prom photo with his ex-girlfriend Keira Settles for their family and friends. Trelawney is always excited to experience the children's milestones with them. Without her, who knows what their lives would have been like. 

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