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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - She is 19 years old and had just started building a grown-up life with her 20-year-old fiance when they both had to mature beyond their years.
Her mother went to jail, leaving her dad to raise her four younger siblings.
This past summer the father died.
The children, who range in age from 6 to 12, were going to be placed in foster care - two with one family and two with another.
It was a devastating situation all around.
The oldest sister and her fiance then did something remarkable: they asked the caseworker if they could take the youngsters.
When the children learned the answer was yes, "they were fired up," the caseworker said. The eldest sister had been looking out for her siblings for years, anyway.
The young couple is giving the children much-needed stability. All four are in school, and the couple works but brings in less than $1,000 a month.
The caseworker is helping them apply for food stamps and a kinship care grant, but neither has come through yet.
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