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Published July 11, 2012, 12:00 AM

PHOTO GALLERY: Ulen family creates extended family through adoption and foster care


Melissa Green poses for a photo with her youngest adopted daughter Alexi,5, in their home near Ulen. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)

  • Melissa Green poses for a photo with her youngest adopted daughter Alexi,5, in their home near Ulen. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Maddy Green watches her younger sister Alexi, 5, play Nintendo DS in their living room. Maddy and Alexi were both adopted by Darcy and Melissa Green at different times. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Dalton, 11, and his foster brother try to throw animal crackers into the others mouth as they snack before supper time. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Dalton, 11, center, Shawn, 7, left, Alexi, 5, center, play a game of cards with their foster brother. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Darcy and Melissa Green pose with their family. Front row from left, Mason, Dalton, Alexi and Shawn. Back row, Jerell, Darcy, Melissa and Maddy. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Alexi, 5, and her foster sister wrestle around on the floor in the living room before supper one evening. (Photos by Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Jerell checks Facebook on the couch while Shawn, 7, tries to peer in. (Photos by Jesse Trelstad / The Forum<br /><br />Forum)
  • Melissa Green poses for a portrait in her kitchen at her house near Ulen, Minn. Green and her husband have had children of their own, adopted children, and provided a home for foster children. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • The Green family gather in a crowded kitchen around the supper table for pancakes and sausage Tuesday night, this including Melissa's two biological children, four adopted children and three foster children.(Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)
  • Melissa helps one of her foster daughters cook up all of the sausages for the families supper Tuesday night as Dalton,11 watches, June 16, 2012. (Jesse Trelstad / The Forum)