Heart of Detroit: Tom and Paulette Duggins

Published On: Apr 05 2012 05:14:56 PM EDT

What makes a family?

DETROIT -

Tom and Paulette Duggins have raised more than 75 children, foster and biological ones.

The Duggins are also deeply involved with Down Syndrome. They’ve raised Molly, whom they took in when she was three months old. She just turned 15 years old.

“We call her our little onion because she is like peeling some layers,” Paulette said.

Paulette works with the Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan to help other parents cope with what to expect with a Down Syndrome child.

You wonder where one couple gets such motivation to touch so many lives.

“We wanted all the kids to understand that ,regardless of their circumstances or family situation, that someone did love them out there,” Paulette said.

So, what makes a family? Simple: A loving embrace.

About the only draw back for the Duggins is keeping the names straight.

“I have a family prayer list and there are 266 names on it,” Tom said.

Raising so many children others have not, Tom and Paulette Duggins are also raising the Heart Of Detroit.

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