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  • Family in house
    Governor Walker Creates Future of the Family Commission

    The family is the basic foundation on which civil society was formed. A strong family provides the love, support, protection and stability that allow children to thrive, adults to achieve, and communities to prosper.

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    Wisconsin Creates Task Force to Fight Human Trafficking

    Human rights as individuals include being allowed to be in charge of one’s own body, ones’ own person. If that basic right is stolen, it is a demoralizing and traumatic experience for a human being to endure.

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    National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day – May 6

    Friday, May 6th is a special day -- Provider Appreciation Day -- to recognize child care providers who assist parents in their children’s care and early learning. Included in this group are teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those whose work is responsible for youth education and care.

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  • Resource for Parents

    Do you know which child care providers have star power? With DCF's YoungStar website, accessing quality child care for working parents will be easier than ever! Together we can help Wisconsin's little stars shine bright!

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Foster Youth Graduation


Event to recognize foster youth for academic achievement

DCF will host the 4th Annual Foster Youth Graduation Celebration on July 22nd at the Executive Residence.  Secretary Eloise Anderson will acknowledge foster youth for academic achievement.  Nationally, only about 57%of foster youth will graduate from high school and only 2% will go on to college.  DCF is working to improve the outcomes for former foster youth through innovative programs such as the Wisconsin Promise and the Independent Living Program, through our efforts to have the 2014 SB 451 legislation passed to extend foster care to the age of 21 for youths with an Individualized Learning Program, and by recognizing the foster youth who have beaten the odds to graduate from high school, college, or receive a post-secondary vocational education. Former foster youth Desiree Parker, who received a Governor’s Exceptional Foster Care Youth Award in 2010, will be the guest speaker.  (Seen here are 2015 graduates honored)

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