All in the family

November 10, 2001

Gary Moskowitz

EAGLE ROCK -- The word family takes on a unique definition for Darlene

and Jackie Flores.

The two Burbank Brownie troop members, who were adopted by David and

Sharon Flores of Burbank several years ago, decided to take their fellow

Brownie Troop members to the Optimist Foster Agency in Eagle Rock last

week -- a place the two girls hadn't revisited since they were adopted at



The visit was exceptionally bittersweet, since their adoptive mother,

Sharon Flores, died in July 2000.

"It was very emotional for them both, because they've lost two

mommies," said Lisa Hansen, a biological daughter of David and Sharon

Flores who now helps her father care for the girls and another adopted

7-year-old son, Christopher. "All the girls who went were hugging


Hansen said Darlene, 7, Jackie, 6, and the 33 girls in Burbank Brownie

Troops 273, 535 and 419 decided to contribute new and used stuffed

animals and toys, care packages containing toothpaste, toothbrushes and

lip balm and handmade drawings of animals and rainbows to hang on the

walls in the playroom of the agency.

The playroom is where foster children meet their new foster parents

for the first time, Hansen said.

David Flores, Darlene and Jackie's adoptive father, said it is

important to show other children that being adopted isn't such a strange

thing, and contributing care packages for adopted children is extremely

helpful for adopting parents.

"When a foster child comes out of the hospital or an agency, they have

nothing," he said.

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