Local foster parents to be honored by Gov. Walker

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It’s a special Mother’s Day weekend for a local family who is receiving a unique honor for giving a home to a child in need.

David and Janell Whitehouse will be presented with the 2012 Governor’s Foster Care Award at the State Capitol in Madison on Monday.

“We feel very honored,” Janell said.

Janell and David said they were very surprised to hear they’d be honored by the governor.

“I think there are a lot of foster parents out there who deserve awards,” David said.

The Governor’s Foster Care Award is reserved for foster parents who go above and beyond what is expected to meet the needs of foster children and advocate on their behalf.

“The child we were placed with is unique and has a lot of special needs so we work directly with Eau Claire County,” Janell said.

She said they also work closely with the child’s biological family.

“Teach parents to learn how to care for their children and make it work into their lifestyle,” Janell said.

The Whitehouse family said they’re just doing what they can to help provide a home for one of the many children in need in our area.

David is a firefighter with Eau Claire Fire and Rescue and Janell is a mural painter.

With two kids in high school, the couple said fostering has brought their family closer together.

“It's just helped my kids to be better children, when we bring in a child that we know needs our help. It’s a good experience; I would recommend people to be foster parents,” Janell said.

Janell said being a foster parent requires lots of hard work, dedication and lots of love and care.

“Because these kids are missing that,” Janell said.

David said the award is coming at the right time.

“I think it's appropriate that this happened on the weekend of Mother's Day. I've told a lot of people, this is her reward and it's a lot of hard work and I'm really proud of her,” David said.


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  • by anon on May 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    Congratulations to this couple! Foster parenting is a very hard and usually thankless job. I salute you for being wonderful foster parents.
  • by Marianne Location: Eau Claire on May 14, 2012 at 08:03 AM
    Lato, you need to be recalled and sent packing. The fact that you use this story as a vehicle to promote your bitterness is really sad. I feel sorry for you. I think this couple deserves all of the praise they are receiving today. Our state needs more people like Janell and Dave.
  • by Heather Location: Arkansaw on May 14, 2012 at 07:35 AM
    Congrats to this couple! As a foster parent myself, I know the hard work, determination, love and patients it takes to take foster children into your home. It is hard work, but SO rewarding when you can change the life of a child. To show a child what unconditional love is when some of these children have never known what that is....there is nothing better! Being a foster parent is a wonderful thing...and there definately is not enough of them! My sincere CONGRATS to this couple! Way to go!
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 05:31 AM
    First thing Walker has done right...but seriously question the timing. Kudos to the foster parents. Kids really need families like theirs.
  • by Lato Location: Thorp on May 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM
    What a Crock, Walker cuts funding for the program and then praises the people who have to suffer because he needs to pay back his corporate puppet masters from out of state, the man needs to be recalled and sent packing..
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      by anon on May 14, 2012 at 04:21 AM in reply to Lato
      Just exactly how much has been taken from you? Are you hungry? Do you need a place to live? You sound like you need anger management. Maybe there is a taxpayer handout for that.
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      by My2Cents on May 14, 2012 at 04:36 AM in reply to Lato
      These people are being honored for what they have done and you just can't sit back and let them have their moment. You feel the need to bring up up politics. GIVE IT A REST!
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      by Steve-o on May 14, 2012 at 06:06 AM in reply to Lato
      It's nice to see something good going on in our state and you want to complain about it.
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      by anon on May 14, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to Lato
      Lato, just to let you know for many years the Governor's have been honoring and recognizing foster parents for their commitment and dedication. Why do you have to put your political bias' on something that was mean't to be positive? I hope you wished your mother a Happy Mother's Day.
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      by Jim on May 14, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to Lato
      Can't let it rest for even 1 second can you. You are not a good person.
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      by Biff on May 14, 2012 at 06:42 AM in reply to Lato
      Lato, thanks for keepin' it classy.
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      by Mike on May 14, 2012 at 06:50 AM in reply to Lato
      WOW any chance you tools get! This story is not about the recall or have any thing to do with the government. Can you not just say something positive about the story instead of ripping Walker. GROW UP!!
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      by J on May 14, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to Lato
      What's a "crock" is all the "give me" people whining about Gov Walker every chance they get. You'll get your chance to vote. Until then, clam up. With that said, congrats to the couple. They deserve it.
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      by Sharon on May 14, 2012 at 09:02 AM in reply to Lato
      Lato, You are a loser! Rather than focusing on what this couple has done to help the kids, all you can do is whine. What a hateful person you are.
  • by Jill Location: Berlin, WI on May 13, 2012 at 08:59 PM
    I am so happy Janell and Dave were honored with this award. I know how hard their whole family has worked to the provide the best love and care possible for this special foster child. Congrats!
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      by kari on May 14, 2012 at 04:43 AM in reply to Jill
      very disappointed with that first comment that when something nice is in the news you have to twist it around so that its bad congrats to the foster family
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        by Anonymous on May 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM in reply to kari
        Kari, Walker already did that, by showing up.
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