Today, state representative Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) was presented with the Governor's Foster Care "Stepping Up for Children Award" for his work as the Co-chair of the speaker's Task Force on Foster Car. The award is given to people who have worked to improve the foster care system inn Wisconsin. The awards are given out annually to honor members of Wisconsin's foster care community. First Lady Tonette Walker joined the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson to for the award ceremony at the state capital.
"I'm honored to accept this award with my co-chair Rep. Patrick Snyder," said Doyle. "With this task force, we tried to take steps to better foster care in Wisconsin - From funding prevention services to help families stay out of the system to supporting foster parents and foster youth. I am very proud of that work and consider it to be one of my most memorable experiences as a state representative."
"Foster families are more than foster families, they're forever families,” said First Lady Walker. “Research tells us that kids who have at least one caring and supportive adult in their lives are better able to bounce back when times get tough. Foster families have the power to help young people who face overwhelming stress. The relationships these families form have the power to change lifelong outcomes. Unfortunately, like other states across the country, Wisconsin is facing a shortage of foster families due to the opioid crisis. Today is a day to honor all the foster families who step up to help heal kids, families, and communities and to encourage others to consider becoming a hero to children in need of a safe landing place."
The ceremony today also highlighted the nearly 8,000 foster youth throughout Wisconsin and the ongoing need for more foster families to offer care and support as they navigate this difficult period of childhood.