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Lisa And Jorge Alvarez, South Florida Parents, Care For More Than 90 Foster Children

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After Lisa and Jorge Alvarez accepted the devastating news that they couldn't conceive, the couple found another way to realize their dream of having children -- 90 times over.

Over the course of the past 12 years, the South Florida family has adopted two children and taken in more than 90 foster children, NBC Miami reports. Their four-bedroom home consistently shelters up to five children of varying ages.

"They need so much. They need a mentor. They need someone to take care of their medical needs," Lisa told the news outlet. "But most importantly, they need a parent. They need someone to love them."

To expand her adoption options, Lisa became medically certified to care for babies with health issues, which makes it easier for her to tend to her 5-year-old son Dezi who has both cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, according to Local 10. She also gets help from her husband who is tasked with the cooking and the foster kids who are now all grown up and come back to help out.

Though the supermom admits that her job is challenging at times, she wouldn't have it any other way.

“Everyone says when you die you are going to go to heaven," Lisa told the news outlet. "But I feel like I have heaven on earth taking care of these children. I love it.”

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