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There is a substantial need for foster homes in Northeast Ohio. Is it right for you? By Denise Koeth


eloise and Kenzie Jenkins started caring for children in need by chance. Roughly 20 years ago, the Barberton couple volunteered to care for two young girls while their mother was in rehab. The girls, who went to the Jenkins’ church, stayed with the couple for some time, but then later went to live with relatives. However, when one of the girls became pregnant, she asked the Jenkinses to care for her baby. It wasn’t working out with the family, so the girls were going into the foster care system — but they couldn’t place the baby with the 13-year-old because she was going to a girls’ home, Deloise Jenkins says, adding, “That’s when we became licensed. That’s how it all started.”


Pictured; Kenzie and Deloise Jenkins with their children Mark and D’zyre

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