Schmidlis named Foster Parents of the Year in Belmont County


May is National Foster Care Appreciation Month and one Belmont County Family is being recognized for its outstanding work.

The Department of Job and Family Services says the Schmidli family has been certified foster parents since 2015 with 10 foster placements.

The Schmidlis have also adopted two of the children they fostered.

"Every year, we like to recognize our foster parents of the year,” Director Vince Gianangeli said. “For 2017, it’s Joe and Paula Schmidli. They have six children -- three of their own, one they’ve adopted and one over 18 that lives with them. Joe and Paula don’t just foster, they’ve gone above and beyond, and they’ve made a lifetime commitment by adopting two children."

For more information on becoming a foster parent, you can call the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services.

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