Winona Lake changes policy amid controversy over foster children
Allen County – Lake Winona is a popular spot on Memorial Day weekends, but potential conflicts could hamper enjoyment for some families.
Some members of the Ohio Foster Care Facebook group noticed something about them on the Winona Lake Facebook page.
Under the information on family subscriptions, children in foster care are no longer available.
Page Fevercorn of St. Mary’s is a foster parent and has shared a policy article on her Facebook page to encourage business.
Reviews have exploded on Facebook and the owners of Winona Lake have been inundated with complaints on social media platforms.
Fiebelkorn has contacted owner Mark Wellman after being contacted by Lima News to comment on the dispute.
“In fact, it was you who encouraged me. Like you texted me after I woke up that morning. When you text me I know what you are, I have to call this guy (Wellman), ”Fiebelkorn said.
To my surprise, Wellman listened.
“He was literally all ears. He took a few small ideas and implemented them perfectly. He really and sincerely wanted no harm. I am very proud of the measures taken by Fiebelkorn, ”said Fiebelkorn.
Wellman has announced an apology and made some policy changes.
“Family Pass 2020 holders with adopted children on the Season Pass will be able to get the 2021 Season Pass for free,” Wellman said in a statement.
Wellman has since gone a step further by including an additional 25% off the discounted price, issuing 300 free day passes for foster children on a first-come, first-served basis.
“I’ve learned that criticism really forces you to think about how your business works. It can be frustrating to be criticized, but listen to it and listen to it. By acting on the grassroots, you can improve your business. In this case, the best solution came from the general public who contacted me. The anger that provided constructive feedback Customers also provided solutions and future opportunities.
“But the real challenge of selling more Season Passes isn’t just the challenge I’ve found a solution to, and I’m not the only one. In the case of Winona Lake, I was able to find other sources of income, ”said Wellman. Said in a statement to Lima News.
Requests for the free pass can be emailed to Mark Wellman at mwellman97 @ gmailcom. Remember to include your name and the name of the foster child you are taking.
Fiebelkorn’s foster child is too small to use the pass, but I’m happy to have the opportunity for others.
“My children are very young. I definitely avoid it because there is very little water. I go to Splash Pad etc. Except for the mountains I try to climb to change people’s perception of children and foster parents. It doesn’t really affect me, ”said Fiebelkorn.
She wants to take this opportunity to draw attention to her foster parents.
“There is a great need for good foster parents. I think another positive thing that comes from this situation is that it gets more attention. We all have a foster parent system there. It’s like I knew there, and I was the same way before we got licensed. It’s there, but you really don’t know the need for it. Good affectionate. There are all these innocent children who need a foster home, ”said Fiebelkorn.
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