First Lady Tonette Walker

Eau Claire couple wins Governor’s Foster Care Award

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mat and Trudie Brixen were honored with the 2011 Governor's Foster Care Award, which they received from First Lady Tonette Walker Tuesday. The Brixen’s have helped shelter teenagers for the last 11 years and help support their foster children after they grow up.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families says the event also highlighted the need for additional kind, responsible parents to step forward and care for foster children. It continues that in Wisconsin, there are more than 6,500 children living in out-of-home care, and there are approximately 4,000 foster homes.