Supporting Wisconsin’s Children and Families

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Supporting Wisconsin’s Children and Families


We want to ensure that all of Wisconsin’s children have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their circumstances.

That’s why I signed an 11-bill package into law today addressing the unique challenges facing foster youth, foster parents, and caseworkers across the state.

This package of foster care bills was developed by the Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care with the goal of better assisting families and children once they've entered the system, and well after they age out of it.

We took a big step towards achieving those goals this week with the signing of six bills at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wausau and five bills at the La Crosse County Administrative Center in La Crosse with Representative Patrick Snyder (R – Schofield) and Representative Steve Doyle (D – Onalaska), co-chairs of the 2017 Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care. Thanks to the efforts of this bipartisan task force, all of these bills received broad bipartisan support.

We are committed to making sure all of Wisconsin’s children and families have every chance to enjoy bright futures.

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Delivering Results

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We are delivering on Wisconsin’s priorities.

Earlier this week, I signed bills improving family access to high-quality child care, creating a transitional jobs program at the Department of Workforce Development for our veterans, increasing funding for watershed protection grants, and more at the Capitol.

Together, we are moving Wisconsin Forward.

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Wisconsin & Norway: Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to the Global Stage


This week my wife, Tonette, led a governmental delegation from Oslo, Norway around the state to discuss Wisconsin’s leadership in incorporating and implementing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC).

When trauma is experienced as a child, the unmitigated toxic stress created by these experiences can change brain chemistry, shape educational outcomes, and influence a person’s future health and well-being. Research shows a strong link between the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult health outcomes. As the number of reported ACEs increase, the greater a person’s risk becomes for cancer, diabetes, depression, alcoholism, drug use, smoking, suicide, homelessness, and more.

Trauma-Informed Care is a way to help improve outcomes for children and adults with traumatic experiences. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve been using TIC for this very purpose. The Menominee Nation, the Sojourner Family Peace Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay, and the Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services all use TIC to help Wisconsinites address trauma and lead more productive and fulfilling lives. 

When the Norwegian delegation came to Tonette, it was to learn more about what she is doing and to hear about these success stories. TIC is making a difference here, and it can make a difference everywhere.

Under Tonette’s leadership, we are going to keep working here in Wisconsin to further incorporate TIC and we look forward to seeing the changes that the Norwegian delegation makes to create trauma-informed communities.

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We enjoy sharing all the great news about our state with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the people of Wisconsin.


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