Fostering Futures: Child welfare system integration

Building a trauma-informed child welfare system statewide

Full Project Name:Fostering Futures: Transforming child welfare policies/practices through trauma-informed principlesPrimary Community Organization:Set Ministry, IncPrimary Academic Partner:Lynn Sheets, MD, PediatricsAward Amount:$326,619
Award Date
January2016
Project Duration:36 months

Project Description Narrative:


Childhood toxic stress is shown to impact both the short- and long-term social, emotional and health effects of children today and into their future. To improve child and family health and well-being within the population served by Wisconsin's child welfare system, Fostering Futures and its partners will work statewide to integrate trauma-informed care principles into the child welfare systems at the state, tribal and county levels. Project partners will work with an estimated 785 Child Protective Services workers to transform their practices to improve the safety and well-being for approximately 23,000 children and their families touched by these workers each year.

Community partners:

Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker, Fostering Hope Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health, Children's Hospital and Health System, Casey Family Programs (CFP), Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH), Wilder Research

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