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Caring for Each Other: The Casto Family

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Lorrie Casto took in her four grandchildren, Sonya, Paige, Seth, and Noah. Lorrie and her husband are doing their best to raise their grandchildren as their own but have spent their life savings to give their grandchildren a stable and loving home.

A 59-year-old woman and her three grandchildren, ages 9-14, stand on the street and embrace.

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Lorrie Casto, 59, hugs her grandchildren, who just returned from exploring a park in their small coal-mining town. Paige, 14, holds a turtle they found in a creek; Seth, 12, wraps his arms around the group; and Noah, 8, stands in front. While the Casto’s lament missing out on the relaxing golden years they had been looking forward to, and struggle with their finances and health, they wouldn’t change a thing: They’re crazy about their grandkids—and the feeling is mutual.

A 14-year-old girl lies on the sidewalk, holding a turtle, with her feet in a puddle. Beside her stands her 59-year-old grandmother, who uses her foot to playfully splash water on her granddaughter.

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Paige relaxes with the turtle she found on a recent walk in the woods while Lorrie splashes her playfully. It had just rained, and the kids had taken turns playing in the puddle at Paige’s feet. There’s not much to do in their small town, so they’ve gotten good at entertaining themselves however they can.

A 12-year-old boy carries his 9-year-old little brother on his back.

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Seth carries his little brother Noah, after Noah has a meltdown during a nature walk to a nearby creek. As Lorrie and Lee age, Seth and Paige have taken on more of the work of caring for Noah, while also beginning to care more for their grandparents. 

A 59-year-old woman sits in a chair on her porch with her young grandson and dog on her lap.

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While Lorrie is more mobile than her husband, Lee, it’s increasingly difficult for her to get around, so she often hangs out on the porch and watches the kids play in the yard. Here, Noah was craving a little extra attention, and climbed onto his grandmother’s lap, along with one of the family’s dogs. 

Four kids link arms and goof around in the middle of the street in the rural Ohio town where they live.

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Seth, a neighbor, Paige, and Noah goof around in the street in front of the Casto’s home. As they feel increasing responsibility for Noah, Seth and Paige always include him in whatever they do.

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