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Local foster parents raise awareness about the need in Hamilton County

The Durel family
B.J. and Calena Durel's daughters started a lemonade stand to raise money for foster care.

Cincinnati residents B.J. and Calena Durel made many unsuccessful attempts to start a family. They made the choice to become foster parents to grow their family and give back to the community. Over a couple of years, they brought in and cared for over 10 children. Their journey led them to adoption. Shortly after, the couple also found out that they were expecting twins. They now have five children, and the couple has found new ways to raise awareness and be involved in the foster care community.

Around 1,800 children are in custody of Hamilton County. The need for foster parents is great. Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss that need are B.J. and Calena Durel; and Beech Acres Parenting Center Director of Foster Care and Adoption Jessica Thompson.

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