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Madison mom has over 200 children


MADISON (WKOW) -- Any parent will tell you, raising their own children can be challenging enough.

But many couples help raise other people's children through fostercare.

We meet a Madison woman who has opened her heart and home for nearly 30 years.

Cora White is "Someone You Should Know."

She has a soft spot in her heart for children.

Cora tells people she has over 200 children.

3 by birth. 200 through fostercare since 1981.

We can't tell you their names or show you their faces, but cora certainly remembers them all.

Cora tells us they come back at holiday time, "they come back for my birthday or for a meal or when their having problems."

Cora gave them stability, something foster children often don't have.

"I instilled in them that there's hope for them. That they can do anything that they really want to do," said Cora. "It just makes me feel that i did some good, a little bit of good," she adds.

There is definitely a need for foster parents like Cora. At the end of December, there were 193 children in fostercare across Dane County.

Cora's passion to help others is rooted in her own childhood.

"My parents always instilled in us, do something for someone else because someone may have to do something for you or for yours," said Cora.

A closer look at the numbers reveal, most kids are either 4 and younger or 15 and older.

As of December 31st, 182 foster homes had a license to care for kids. Cora passed on the passion to foster, to one of her three biological children.

Kim Whiteand his wife have also had a lot of children. They have fostered mostly teenage boys since 1992.

Kim is a basketball coach at West High School. "I coach girls, so that's all the girls i really need," he tells us and laughs.

Cora not only cares for children in Dane County. She has also reached across our borders, starting a foundation that led to the opening of a foster home in India and working in Ukraine and Africa.

Cora says "these are things that I never intended to do. I only wanted to be a foster parent, just helping out.

But if you just look around there's always someone who you can help who you can do just a little more for."

Those are some pretty big shoes to fill.

"I can never amount to half of the stuff she's already accomplished. She's done so much for kids," said Kim about his mother.

Cora says she will continue to help children here and abroad for as long as she can.

"There's always maybe that one child who you think you maybe able to a difference in his or her life," said Cora.

For more information on Cora's foundation visit

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