This Mother's Day will be a first for Lauren Warzee.
It's not that she's new to the mothering business - she has a daughter, Makayla, who lives with her and her husband, Steve Warzee, in Sonora.
But just a few months ago, the Warzees welcomed a new infant into their home. He's their first ward as newly approved foster parents.
"My husband and I have this amazing love for each other," said Lauren Warzee, a waitress at Black Oak Casino. "When you have that kind of love you want to be able to share it with children. Our daughtersoaks up a lot, but we have more to give."
Being foster parents, the Warzees are filling a huge societal need. At any given time, dozens of children move through the foster care systems in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. In 2012 alone, 106 children in Tuolumne County and 86 in Calaveras County were in foster care, according to data collected by the Lucile Packard Foundation.
For the complete story, see the May 9, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.