First Lady Tonette Walker

Sheboygan couple honored for commitment to foster parenting

By Sheboygan Press
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sheboygan foster parents Marcella and Carl BlomWillis were honored with the 2012 Governor's Foster Care Award on Monday, May 14.

The couple was recognized by First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson for their commitment to foster children in Sheboygan County.

"Having a place to call home is so important to a child's well-being," Walker said. "Foster Care Month gives us a great opportunity to thank and celebrate those who open their homes to ensure every child has a stable, loving environment. These foster parents are some of Wisconsin's most important heroes, and they are so deserving of this recognition."

The news release cited the BlomWillis' efforts to preserve the relationship with birth parents and include them in their children's appointments and school activities. They have also worked with other foster families when siblings are separated to make sure they see each other frequently, and have taken in foster dogs when a child's dog had nowhere to go but the humane society.

The Sheboygan couple was one of eight sets of foster parents recognized, along with one foster youth and an organization at the ceremony.

Today in Wisconsin there are more than 6,500 children living in out-of-home care, and about 4,000 foster homes.

For more information, visit the Department of Children and Families website at

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