Before her death, Mama Jean, as she was fondly known by the foster children she took in, set in motion the plans for the Hertzel-Mendall Family Farm, a community established to offer homes to families that fostered children. The “Farm” offers therapeutic, recreational, and many other services all in one place to achieve the best outcomes for children in the foster care system.
“Mama” Jean Hertzel fostered teenagers who had run out of options. Teens who were considered unadoptable mostly due to their ages but sometimes for other reasons. She gave them a chance when they were out of chances. Through the years, six of those young people made it all the way through her innovative program, and this group, tight as any biological family, were named in her will as the team to assume not only her wealth, but the weight of caring for the oversight of the Farm. Each of them have overcome big odds, and each book in this series allows us to be part of their world for a little while.
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