Southern California Mom Shares Foster Care Advice

Mollie Jelks has fostered over 60 children.

Denalee Chapman January 03, 2015
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Mollie raised her two children and then quit her nine-to-five job to begin foster parenting in L.A. County. She saw a need, wanted to make a difference, then took a deep breath and plunged in. Molly told the Daily Breeze, “A lot of people don’t have the time or patience to invest, but I say: ‘No pain, no gain. I just had a heart for the underdog. I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon, it was a struggle. And my thing is that I don’t want anyone else to struggle. If I can help make your life easier and different, I will.”  Mollie, now 64-years-old, has fostered 65 children for the Children’s Bureau of Southern California.

Mollie acknowledges all the help she’s received from the community –- family, friends, and church members. Her friendships are genuine as they all reach out to help each other. Mollie’s biological children have also stepped in. They see their mother’s foster children as their brothers and sisters and treat them likewise.

Four of Mollie’s foster children are now part of her forever family, including 16-year-old Tyler. He says that Mollie is a great parent who is involved in his schooling and keeps him out of trouble.

The full story about Mollie’s good work and about the Children’s Bureau of Southern California may be read here.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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