Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

Family Resources in Milwaukee County

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Bus directions to BMCW offices.

General Referral Services

Basic Needs

  • Clothing resource list.
  • Christ Child Society Resale Shop Boutique, Low cost women’s, children's, and men's clothing, housewares, and linens. Our Lady of Good Hope Parish, 4033 W. Good Hope, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m, 1st and 3rd Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Phone (414) 540-0489.
  • Child Support: Milwaukee County, Unclaimed child support.
  • Energy Assistance: A live Energy Hotline has been put into place to help answer questions about eligibility, status of pending applications, and making an appointment. The number, (414) 906-2800, will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those hours will be expanded during peak times of the Energy Assistance season. We Energies Assistance.
  • Food Stamps, Quest Card (Food Share).
  • House of Peace, clothing bank and other services.
  • Legal Aid.
  • Transitional Housing.
  • WIC Women Infants and Children food assistance.
  • Wisconsin Works W-2 economic assistance. Note that the enrollment process for W-2 has changed. You must enroll at the center that services the area where you live. Map. The address and phone numbers are listed below:
    • UMOS, phone (414) 389-5600, 2701 S. Chase Drive.
    • America Works (YWCA), phone (414) 267-3900, 915 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
    • Maximus, phone (414) 203-8500, Eaton Building, 4201 N. 27th Street.
    • Ross Innovative Employment Solutions, phone (414) 760-6060, 6550 N. 76th Street.

Day Care

Developmental Disabilities (See also Health Care)

Domestic Violence

  • The ALMA Center and the Healing Center work with men who are charged with battery or domestic violence and AODA issues. They also have programs for victims.
  • Arco Iris provides Spanish/English services for children who have been victims of or exposed to domestic violence.
  • Asha Family Services: Phone (414) 875-1511, 3719 W. Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53210.
  • Directory of Anti-Violence Efforts in Milwaukee County.
  • Hmong Domestic Violence Helpline: Phone (877) 340-4292. Shelter for women and children. Referral to culturally relevant family counseling and services for men. Hmong American Women’s Association.
  • Milwaukee Women's Center: Phone (414) 671-6140. Provides a batterer’s treatment program and two 24 hour shelters with case management and children’s programs. The shelters house people up to and including 17 years of age. Elder abuse program for women 50 plus. Accessible facility for individuals with disabilities. Drug and alcohol education.
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center: Phone (414) 933-2722 for questions and referrals. Provides shelter to victims and children and services to batterers.
  • UMOS Latina Resource Center provides services to victims of domestic violence as well as sexual assault. Work with both women and children of all ages. Programs on legal advocacy and immigration. Phone (414) 389-6510 answered 24/7 with bilingual services available.
  • You Are Not Alone: Brochure with referral phone numbers from Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Grief Counseling

Health Care Services


Incarcerated Family Members

Mental Health Care Services

Parenting and Relationships

  • Family Resource Centers.
  • Crisis Nursery at La Causa, phone (414) 647-5990. A place to take children during a family crisis.
  • Grandparents and Other Relative Parenting Again Support Group, The Parenting Network, phone (414) 671-0566, 7516 W. Burleigh Street, 53210.
  • Grandparents and Relatives Caregivers in Wisconsin: Web site with resources.
  • Healthy Relationships Vow to Succeed provides classes for singles, couples, dads. Free. Check web site for schedule.
  • The Milwaukee Center for Children and Youth, Inc., 2004 N. Martin Luther King Dr., phone (414) 651-8310 provides:
    • Children and Family Advocacy and additional supportive services to families involved with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.
    • Restorative Justice circles to provide support to youth in out-of-home care.
    • Nurturing Parenting Program for parents and their infants and toddlers (ages 0 to 3).
    • Seeking Safety, an evidence based group to help trauma survivors build healthy coping skills.
  • Resources for Fathers - BMCW Fatherhood Initiative Resources.
  • Smart Baby program for young expectant mothers and mothers with disabilities and Community Living program. Milwaukee Center for Independence. Enrollment form.
  • Safe Sleep for Babies Information: Each year, a number of children die in accidents related to sleeping with adults or other children. What is a safe place for baby? Safe Sleep Guidelines.
  • The Parenting Network, phone (414) 671-0566, 7516 W. Burleigh Street, 53210. Hotline and parenting classes.
  • Family Links' coordinator is available to listen; support parents in problem-solving; partner with them and their support system to set goals and create an action plan; and provide referrals and assistance with other resources. Phone (414) 671-0566, ask for Family Links.
  • Men-to-Men Support Group: A diverse group of men who provide mutual, non-judgmental support, share life experiences – how they affect us and how we deal with it  – positive parenting skills, celebrate our triumphs, seek new answers... ask new questions. Meets second and fourth Wednesday at Next Door Foundation located at 2545 North 29th Street, phone (414) 562-2929, ext. 174.

School Resource Page

Sexual Assault /Abuse

Last Revised: May 15, 2014

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