Fostering Futures’ vision is that all Wisconsin children and families are thriving in nurturing communities; individuals, communities and government integrate trauma-informed, strength-based principles into their relationships, culture, policies and practices, promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships.

Steering Committee

  • Tonette Walker First Lady of Wisconsin
  • Carol Howard Director, Fostering Futures
  • Lynn Sheets MD, FAAP, principal investigator and primaray Medical College of Wisconsin partner
  • Laurie Lambach SET Ministry
  • Angela Carron MD, Fostering Hope Wisconsin
  • Fredi-Ellen Bove Department of Children and Families
  • Christine Norbut Casey Family Programs
  • Kelly Hodges MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Heather Paradis MD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth Hudson LCSW, Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

 Staff and Contact

  • Carol Howard, Director
    • 414-449-2688
  • Andrea Spagnoli, Program Coordinator
    • 414-750-3479

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Fostering Futures started in 2011 as an initiative of Wisconsin’s First Lady, Tonette Walker, to raise awareness about how childhood trauma can dramatically shape a person’s life. This initiative has grown over time to become a dynamic collaboration amongst many different organizational partners who share a common vision to prevent and reduce childhood trauma while working to improve the health and wellbeing of Wisconsin’s children and their families.

In this effort, each participating organization coordinates their individual capabilities while working to produce the greatest collective impact. Fostering Futures appreciates its partners’ willingness to work together, respects each organization’s autonomy and welcomes additional organizations to join in this important effort.

For more information on Fostering Futures’ current programmatic work, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. 
This website was made possible, in part, with funding provided by the following partners:
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS): The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Community-Based Integrated Services Systems, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems, Award No.: H25MC26242-02-00