Governor Doyle Proclaims May 'Foster Care Month'

Posted May 19, 2010 by Shannon Suda

Categories: Success Stories

LSS Family Honored as Governor Doyle Proclaims May 'Foster Care Month'

First Lady Jessica Doyle and Department of Children and Families Secretary Reggie Bicha recently recognized foster parents Bradd and Sarah Rusch for their incredible commitment to the foster children in Barrron County by honoring them with the 2010 Governor’s Foster Care Award.  To view the proclamation, visit

“People who become foster parents do so out of love and compassion,” First Lady Doyle said.  “We can’t thank our state’s foster parents enough for unselfishly opening their hearts and homes to children.” 


Bradd and Sarah Rusch challenge their children to achieve their fullest potential no matter their previous difficulties. For more than six years, they have provided a safe, structured home for children. Through all the challenges, Bradd and Sarah keep a positive outlook and consistently act in the best interest of the children in their care. They have a selfless passion for helping children even in the most challenging of situations.  They show the children that they have someone who wants to hold their hand, love them, and accepts them for who they are.


“The parents we honor today have showered the children in their care with what they need most – attention, stability, respect, and most importantly, love,” said Secretary Bicha. “Foster parents do more than provide a safe, loving home; they make a lifelong difference in the lives of a child.”


Eleven foster parents and one foster youth received awards.


The awards event also highlighted the need for more kind, responsible parents to step forward and care for foster children.  Today in Wisconsin there are more than 6,500 children living in out-of-home care, and there are approximately 4,000 foster homes. 


For more information on becoming a foster parent, please visit the Department of Children and Families website at


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