KREM2: ‘It’s Exhausting’ – Foster Parents Say Washington Caseworkers are Overloaded

SPOKANE, Wash. — Children in foster care often have difficult family backgrounds, including situations with substance abuse, violence or instability.

For many children, a foster family is the most stable environment available. That is why former foster mom Dawn Martini and current foster mom Alla both decided to start housing children.

Both women had no children when they dove into the world of fostering but that quickly changed.

Now, Alla has three adopted boys and Martini has adopted 14 children ranging in ages from two to 28 years old.

On top of adopting her 14 children, Martini and her husband temporarily housed more than 70 other children in their 19 years of fostering.

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