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I'm Marieke Hensel and I live near Los Angeles, California.

Since 2010 I am a licensed foster parent in California. I have 3 boys: Joep (bio 13yo), Ciaran (adopted at 11 months from a family member, who is now 12yo) and Pim (bio 11yo). I am Dutch and am living in the US since 2007. We have had 18 kids stay at our house thus far. Currently we have a baby stay in our family.

I want to share our journey with you to explain the heartaches and rewarding parts of why we foster. It isn't always easy or logical, however I wouldn't have wanted to miss it for the world to be part of a child's life.

I hope to encourage & support you and create awareness about fostering for (future) foster parents.

Your friend,
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