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Turtle Mountain woman, 77, provides foster care for decades





Joyce Dumont, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has raised 69 children, including dozens in foster care, over the past six decades.

At age 77, Dumont doesn't seem to be slowing down. Along with her husband, also 77, she recently adopted three children, ages 7 through 10.

"I don't know what I'd do without kids," Dumont told The Wall Street Journal. "Maybe I'm afraid?"

Dumont has raised six biological children, five stepchildren, 11 adopted children and 47 more who were in foster care in North Dakota. "Everybody knew they could count on Joyce," an adoption agent told the Journal.

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This North Dakota Mom, 77, Reared 69 Kids (The Wall Street Journal 5/12)