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The MacDowells would care for kids for a few days or a couple of years. They have adopted 10 of the kids they have fostered and have 16 grandchildren, according to KRCR.
“Working with the birth moms, the agency would have a plan for them and we would work with them too ... mentoring them to help them get their children back,” Raelene MacDowell said. "It was teaching them about the care of the babies and discipline and all of the things that go into being a parent.”
KRCR reported that the couple lost their home to a fire in 2014, but got support from their community as they worked to rebuild.
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They were relived that photos of the kids they had a hand in raising survived.
“Things turned out pretty good on that part,” Ted MacDowell told KRCR.
Raelene MacDowell told ABC News that this Mother’s Day, she’s looking forward to having a picnic with her family.