The Fostering Futures approach focuses on identifying and eradicating barriers to implementing trauma-informed care, offering strategies for effective implementation of trauma-informed practices and stimulating the creation of policies that advance Trauma-informed care and subsequently improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s children and families.
Components of the Fostering Futures approach are still being refined; however these three components have been identified:
1. Peer Learning Collaborative (PLC) : the PLC brings together leadership teams from three Pilot Communities along with members of the Policy Advisory Council and the Fostering Futures Steering Committee to receive peer technical assistance regarding trauma-informed care in four two-day learning sessions over a twelve-month period. The learning sessions engage team members in peer-to-peer learning through structured and facilitated discussions and by providing the opportunity for multiple communities to learn from one another. The methodology also supports the development of individualized action plans which teams use to advance implementation efforts in their respective communities.
2. Awareness Campaign: the multi-media Awareness campaign will educate members of the pilot communities about ACEs, effects of toxic stress, trauma-informed care, and building resilient communities to improve healthy growth and development of children.
3. Blueprint: the Fostering Futures Blueprint is a dynamic web-based community resource for trauma-informed care. An example of what might be on the Blueprint is: information on innovative and promising evidence-based trauma-informed practices and sample policies, procedures, and tools organized by discipline.