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Fargo Mom Spreads the Love on Mother's Day

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As many moms enjoyed beautiful weather and time with their families on Mother's Day, the day held a special meaning for one Fargo mom and her four daughters.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman caught up on a celebration with a family brought together through unexpected circumstances.

As far as family trees go some shapes just can't be carved.

"Five grand kids, my sister and mom and dad," Angela Wetch counted as the family gathered for a barbecue Sunday afternoon. "Yeah, there's quite a few of us."

Angela and her four daughters wouldn't fit any mold.

"They are quite a blessing in my life," she said.

A blessing that came late and almost not at all.

"I didn't have my children right from the hospital, there's not that nine months of prepping and preparing for the birth of a child and picking out a name, I obviously didn't get to do any of that."

Angela's family grew out of the foster care system.

"My children are adopted, they came to me from different families, different times through the foster care system. I think, kind of, along the way the kids chose me and I chose them."

This mother's day they celebrate the risk they took to find each other.

Angela consulted her own mom before opening her home up to foster children.

"I was a little reluctant at first and I think because I wanted to guard her heart, because letting go isn't easy for foster parents," Jeanette Wetch, her mom, said.

Jeanette is also a social worker and knows the unpredictability of family dynamics moving through foster care. But, she says, Angela's risk was worth the reward.

"It's helped me as a social worker to understand that sometimes, even children that aren't able to return home, they can go on to families where they're loved and blessed and they can go on and do very well," she said.

But, today, Jeanette is a grandmother to four smiling faces that prove motherhood doesn't come from a bloodline, but in the seeds of love that grow into something more.

"Even though they're not biologically mine, I just kind of feel like I always dreamed them in my heart," Angela said.

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. Foster care agencies throughout the valley say the need for loving homes is as great as ever.

For more information on fostering a child in need, click here.

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