COON VALLEY, Wis. (WKBT)- Tom and Maxine Jacobs acquired into foster care 36 years in the past, and so they’ve fostered quite a lot of youngsters since then.
“Nicely over 100 children,” Maxine stated.
A alternative they made of their early 20s made them fall in love with serving to foster children.
“Thanksgiving dinner and everybody’s sitting across the desk — that’s regular for us, however not for them. So watching them and seeing their faces and having them undergo that the primary time,” Maxine stated.
Now the 2 are being acknowledged on the state’s highest degree.
“Yearly the state of Wisconsin affords a governor’s award for foster houses who’ve gone above and past and clearly simply have hearts of gold in our system,” stated La Crosse County social employee Kevin Henry, who nominated the couple.
Henry has recognized the couple for about 5 years however says he knew there was one thing particular about them the primary time he met them.
“From day one working with them, I simply knew they had been a particular residence and actually noticed and understood these foster youngsters,” Henry stated.
Being acknowledged means loads to the Jacobs, however the reminiscences and connections they’ve made imply much more.
The Jacobs say their journey has been lengthy. However would they do it yet again?
“Completely. Its been the longest journey of our lives, aside from marriage and elevating our two organic children. It has afforded us to satisfy quite a lot of very fascinating individuals,” Tom and Maxine stated.
The Jacobs don’t plan to foster any extra youngsters, however the experiences and information they’ve gained might be utilized by foster households from everywhere in the county.
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