Wisconsin's Child Welfare Practice Model Initiative

The Wisconsin Practice Model initiative is an effort to provide a common and consistent platform to guide Wisconsin's child welfare efforts, ensuring all children, youth and families receive effective and responsive intervention, no matter where they live in our state.

Wisconsin's practice model was developed in partnership with local agencies, educational partners, private providers and state staff. The child welfare practice model identifies the outcomes, values and principles, strategies and skills necessary to ensure child safety, permanence and well-being. The Wisconsin Child Welfare Practice Model was completed in July of 2011.

Please take some time to review the practice model.

Review the Practice Model Wisconsin Child Welfare Practice Model

To learn more about the practice model and how Wisconsin will utilize it, please review the presentation below.

Wisconsin's Child Welfare Practice Model

There is also a summary version of the practice model, which may be useful to people and groups outside of child welfare.

Wisconsin Child Welfare Practice Model Summary

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families along with its partners will be integrating the practice model into various parts of our child welfare system beginning in 2012.

For more information or questions about Wisconsin's Child Welfare Practice Model Initiative, please contact John Elliott, Deputy Administrator, Division of Safety and Permanence, Department of Children and Families at john.elliott@wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-8988 or Autumn Knudtson, Section Chief, Bureau of Safety and Well-Being at Autumn.Knudtson@wisconsin.gov or (608) 261-8787.


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