The Columbian: Always Room at Clark County Foster Family’s Table

On Tuesday evening, flour and colorful sprinkles were strewn on the Bumalas’ kitchen counter as they worked together to bake sugar cookies ahead of their annual Thanksgiving feast, which will also include a 21-pound turkey.

It’s a fairly typical scene inside many American homes — that is, a family making preparations for a hearty meal before they share a joyous day with family. What’s not particularly typical at the Bumala home is who’s gathering around the table. For Gwen Bumala, a foster mother who has seen around 60 children come and go over the last 10 years, the faces around the table change year to year.

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