WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker toured social service agencies in several communities on Friday, promoting a program to help families.
Newsline 9 caught up with her at the Marathon County Department of Social Services where she met with professionals who work with at-risk children and families.
The focus of her visit was the Fostering Futures initiative she spearheaded in 2011. It is designed to improve family health through a program called Trauma Induced Care or TIC. The aim is to address childhood stress that is toxic and can have lifelong impacts.
For example, a child being beaten or abused can develop toxic stress.
"It really is about having empathy for people who live with toxic stress each and every day. This is a chance for us to meet with those people who are boots on the ground and on the front lines working with children," Mrs. Walker said