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Fostering Love

Foster parents Nancy and Gary Medlock open their home to six children from an abusive situation most people can't even imagine. Photos by Christian Murdock

Nancy Medlock gives Rayna, 7, a kiss while they prepare dinner Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Nancy Medlock gives Rayna, 7, a kiss while they prepare dinner Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis, 21, stretches on the living room floor Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tavis, 21, stretches on the living room floor Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Eliana, 11, left, and Rayna, 7, play fish with their adopted father, Gary, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Eliana, 11, left, and Rayna, 7, play fish with their adopted father, Gary, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Rayna, 7, and Eliana, 11, play before dinner Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Rayna, 7, and Eliana, 11, play before dinner Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Physical therapist Kerry Wright leads Tavis and his sisters through exercises Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. Wright works with Tavis at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs and drives the 45 minutes to the Medlock home to works with all the children once a week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Physical therapist Kerry Wright leads Tavis and his sisters through exercises Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. Wright works with Tavis at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs and drives the 45 minutes to the Medlock home to works with all the children once a week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis, 21, left, Shykira, 18, Gavriella, 14, and Rayna, 7, play on the couch Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tavis, 21, left, Shykira, 18, Gavriella, 14, and Rayna, 7, play on the couch Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Physical therapist Kerry Wright leads Tavis and his sisters through exercises Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. Wright works with Tavis at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs and drives the 45 minutes to the Medlock home to works with all the children once a week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Physical therapist Kerry Wright leads Tavis and his sisters through exercises Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. Wright works with Tavis at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs and drives the 45 minutes to the Medlock home to works with all the children once a week. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Physical therapist Kerry Wright helps Tavis walk with his wheelchair Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park.
Physical therapist Kerry Wright helps Tavis walk with his wheelchair Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park.

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Shykira, left, and Eliana play catch Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in their front yard. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Shykira, left, and Eliana play catch Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in their front yard. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis plays with his sister Shakira Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tavis plays with his sister Shakira Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shykira and Patty help Tavis down the hall Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Shykira and Patty help Tavis down the hall Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Hannah, 13, left, Tavis, 21, Eliana, 11, Gavriella, 14, Shykira, 18, and Patty, 23, wait Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. Counselors at the center have been helping the adopted children overcome the trauma inflicted on them by their biological parents since they entered foster care. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Hannah, 13, left, Tavis, 21, Eliana, 11, Gavriella, 14, Shykira, 18, and Patty, 23, wait Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. Counselors at the center have been helping the adopted children overcome the trauma inflicted on them by their biological parents since they entered foster care. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nancy Medlock hugs Rayna, 7, after the family went to therapy Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Nancy Medlock hugs Rayna, 7, after the family went to therapy Friday, May 5, 2017, at A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nancy Medlock sits with Rayna, 7, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. Rayna, the youngest of the six siblings Medlock and her husband, Gary, adopted, was 6 months old when they were taken from their biological parents. “A simple experience between a child and an adoptive parent, and the child’s motor neurons can begin to fire,” said Linda Klein, of A Children’s Counseling Center in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Nancy Medlock sits with Rayna, 7, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. Rayna, the youngest of the six siblings Medlock and her husband, Gary, adopted, was 6 months old when they were taken from their biological parents. A simple experience between a child and an adoptive parent, and the child's motor neurons can begin to fire,€ said Linda Klein, of A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nancy Medlock serves dinner to Gavriella, right, and Hannah, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Nancy Medlock serves dinner to Gavriella, right, and Hannah, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis Ricks, 21, smiles as he tells a story instead of eating his breakfast Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at their home outside Woodland Park. When Tavis, 14 at the time,  and his five sisters were taken from their abusive parents he weighed just 32 pounds, couldn’t speak , walk or support the weight of his body.    (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Tavis Ricks, 21, smiles as he tells a story instead of eating his breakfast Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at their home outside Woodland Park. When Tavis, 14 at the time, and his five sisters were taken from their abusive parents he weighed just 32 pounds, couldn't speak , walk or support the weight of his body. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nancy Medlock helps Rayna, 7, with her hair Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while the family gets ready for their day at their Woodland Park home.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Nancy Medlock helps Rayna, 7, with her hair Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while the family gets ready for their day at their Woodland Park home. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Gary Medlock pushes Tavis to the family van Wednesday, May 10, 2017, before his daughter, Patty, drove Tavis and his five sisters into town for school and Goodwill Industries. Gary has become Tavis’ main caretaker since he was laid off from his job late last year. “The Medlocks opened their hearts and their homes to them,” said Bradd Hafer, director of communications at Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado. “To me, it’s a huge display of compassion and understanding of Tavis and his sisters and their circumstance. That’s the story behind everyone at Possibilites - they’re all in unique circumstances, different situations and their levels of developmental challenges are wide-ranging.” (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Gary Medlock pushes Tavis to the family van Wednesday, May 10, 2017, before his daughter, Patty, drove Tavis and his five sisters into town for school and Goodwill Industries. Gary has become Tavis main caretaker since he was laid off from his job late last year. The Medlocks opened their hearts and their homes to them,€ said Bradd Hafer, director of communications at Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado. To me, it's a huge display of compassion and understanding of Tavis and his sisters and their circumstance. That's the story behind everyone at Possibilites - they're all in unique circumstances, different situations and their levels of developmental challenges are wide-ranging.€ (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Shykira, 18, runs with her breakfast smoothie and basketball to the family van Wednesday, May 10, 2017, as the rest of her siblings wait to begin their trip into Woodland Park and Colorado Springs for school.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Shykira, 18, runs with her breakfast smoothie and basketball to the family van Wednesday, May 10, 2017, as the rest of her siblings wait to begin their trip into Woodland Park and Colorado Springs for school. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Eliana, 11, tries to catch Tuesday, May 9, 2017, one of the two dozen chicks the family recently purchased to raise for eggs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Eliana, 11, tries to catch Tuesday, May 9, 2017, one of the two dozen chicks the family recently purchased to raise for eggs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nancy Medlock, in the background, works out at a Woodland Park fitness center Tuesday, May 9, 2017, while her biological daughter, Patty Medlock, 23, left, and her adopted daughter, Shykira Medlock, 18, run on the treadmill. Patty moved back home recently and helps her parents raise Shykira and her five siblings. After battling a health issue last year, Nancy said she wants to get back in shape because she has to live to take care of the children.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Nancy Medlock, in the background, works out at a Woodland Park fitness center Tuesday, May 9, 2017, while her biological daughter, Patty Medlock, 23, left, and her adopted daughter, Shykira Medlock, 18, run on the treadmill. Patty moved back home recently and helps her parents raise Shykira and her five siblings. After battling a health issue last year, Nancy said she wants to get back in shape because she has to live to take care of the children. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Gary Medlock helps Tavis into his leg braces Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while getting ready for a day at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs. Tavis was even more excited than normal to go to Goodwill because he had missed the last couple days because he was sick.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Gary Medlock helps Tavis into his leg braces Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while getting ready for a day at Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs. Tavis was even more excited than normal to go to Goodwill because he had missed the last couple days because he was sick. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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An exhasted Nancy Medlock sits at the kitchen counter after putting the children to bed Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Medlock sat down about 11 p.m. and had to wake the children at 5:30 the next morning, a task she had to do on her own before her husband, Gary, lost his job in December, and her biological daugther, Patty, moved back home. “Nancy is the foster mother goddess,” said Linda Klein of A Children’s Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. “I don’t know what would have happened to them without her family, I really don’t.”  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

An exhasted Nancy Medlock sits at the kitchen counter after putting the children to bed Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Medlock sat down about 11 p.m. and had to wake the children at 5:30 the next morning, a task she had to do on her own before her husband, Gary, lost his job in December, and her biological daugther, Patty, moved back home. Nancy is the foster mother goddess,€ said Linda Klein of A Children's Counseling Center in Colorado Springs. I don't know what would have happened to them without her family, I really don't.€ (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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The Medlock family prepares for their day Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The Medlock family prepares for their day Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at their home near Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis lifts weights Thursday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Goodwill Industries on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tavis lifts weights Thursday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Goodwill Industries on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis watches videos on his iPad Tuesday night, May 9, 2107, while sitting through the twice-daily treatment to clear the cronic fluid buildup in his lungs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tavis watches videos on his iPad Tuesday night, May 9, 2107, while sitting through the twice-daily treatment to clear the cronic fluid buildup in his lungs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis is helped by his sister, Gavriella, left, and adopted sister, Patty, from his wheelchair to the deck funiture to carve pumpkins Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. Doctors say Tavis will never be able to walk again but Tavis, who considers himself a ninja warrior, is determined to walk again. "He's pretty outspoken that he wants to walk someday," said Bradd Hafer, director of communications at Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado. "With his level of ambition and drive, I believe he'll do it. If anyone can do it he can. " (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Tavis is helped by his sister, Gavriella, left, and adopted sister, Patty, from his wheelchair to the deck funiture to carve pumpkins Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. Doctors say Tavis will never be able to walk again but Tavis, who considers himself a ninja warrior, is determined to walk again. "He's pretty outspoken that he wants to walk someday," said Bradd Hafer, director of communications at Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado. "With his level of ambition and drive, I believe he'll do it. If anyone can do it he can. " (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Nancy Medlock hugs her youngest adopted daughter, Rayna, 7, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. After raising seven children of their own, Nancy and her husband, Gary, decided to become foster parents. When the call came to care for five girls who had been removed from their abusive parents, they welcomed them into their home. Later they took in their brother and adopted them all.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Nancy Medlock hugs her youngest adopted daughter, Rayna, 7, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. After raising seven children of their own, Nancy and her husband, Gary, decided to become foster parents. When the call came to care for five girls who had been removed from their abusive parents, they welcomed them into their home. Later they took in their brother and adopted them all. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Eliana, 11, left, and Hannah, 13, talk to the Medlocks’ youngest biological son, Stephen, who is in South Carolina with the U.S. Air Force, via their iPad Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Eliana, 11, left, and Hannah, 13, talk to the Medlocks' youngest biological son, Stephen, who is in South Carolina with the U.S. Air Force, via their iPad Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, at their home outside Woodland Park. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Tavis Ricks, 21, has lunch with Netanya Jamieson Thursday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Goodwill Industries on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tavis was last year’s “Achiever of the Year” at Goodwill Industries.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Tavis Ricks, 21, has lunch with Netanya Jamieson Thursday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Goodwill Industries on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tavis was last year's Achiever of the Year€ at Goodwill Industries. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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Physical therapist Kerry Wright works with Tavis Thursday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Goodwill Industries on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Physical therapist Kerry Wright works with Tavis Thursday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Goodwill Industries on Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

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