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Nov 28, 2013 4:50 PM by Erika Flores

Family of 13 celebrate Thanksgiving grateful for each other

TUCSON-Bruce and Tawnya Groen have been fostering kids for twelve years, and once they realized there was such a big need for permanent homes for these kids, they started adopting.

Thanksgiving at the Groen family just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it's no surprise because throughout the years, they've adopted 10 children.

There's never a dull moment at the Groen's house.

The family of 13 tells me they enjoy spending time with each other.

Although the Groen family is a busy one, they made sure to reflect on their blessings.

"I'm thankful for my family and we get to spend time with each other and the food," said Aubrie.

"My family being able to have Thanksgiving with them because not a lot of kids get to do that," said Kylee.

"Our family and our good health. People are fighting for us," said Brenna.

"Family," a word that holds great meaning to these adopted kids.

They understand their parents wanted to provide a safe home for them.

"We just didn't realize that it was getting that bad here that so many kids would not be able to safely return to their bio families," said Tawnya Groen, their mother.

The Groen family hopes to continue to spread foster care awareness.

On February 1, 2014,there will be a foster care awareness event at Victory Assembly from 9 a.m. to 12.

Tawnya said several agencies will be there to answer questions on foster care and adoption.

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