The Week in Review
Awareness for Foster Youth
This week, I was honored to join First Lady
Tonette Walker, Secretary Eloise Anderson and others to speak at an event
at the Capitol in honor of Foster Care Awareness month in May.
The event was sponsored by the
Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council, a non-profit
with volunteers from all over the state, dedicated to improving the
environment around foster care in Wisconsin.
Recent statistics indicate there has been a rise in the number of children
entering foster care while available foster care has declined with fewer
homes available to help children in need.
But the Assembly is taking steps to address this need.
Some of our efforts include
subsidized guardianship; legislation that provides assistance to a
relative or close family-friend providing care for a child. The law
increases the likelihood a child will be able stay with a family member in
the event they are removed from their primary home.
Additionally, the opioid and heroin epidemic is contributing to the
increased need for foster care. The
HOPE Agenda is the
legislative response to this crisis and has received national recognition
for its efforts in battling the opioid and heroin epidemic. Its various
proposals – 17 have been signed into law – aim to provide treatment and
prevent addiction. In turn we hope the laws will reduce the number of
children needing to be removed from unsafe living conditions.
More work is still needed, but with the right ideas we can encourage more
families to open their doors to children in need and give them the care and
compassion that every child deserves.
Have a great weekend!
Wrapping-up the Spring Survey
Many of you received my spring survey in the
mail. But if you haven’t, I encourage you to visit my website to provide
feedback on some of the important legislative initiatives we will be
debating in the coming days and months.
You can find the survey
here or at my website,
Oak Creek Citizen of the Year
Congratulations to Liz Heidtke for winning Oak
Creek Citizen of the Year. It was a pleasure to present her with a citation
for her contribution to our community!
Thanks for Visiting!
students from Oak Creek High School visited the Capitol. During the visit I
met with the students to discuss important legislative issues taking place
in Wisconsin. The students asked great questions and we had a productive