Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Making child support payments is getting easier for families across the state thanks to a growing partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and MoneyGram, a service that allows individuals to securely pay child support with cash at popular retail locations, such as Walmart, CVS, and Advance America locations.

DCF first piloted the program in late 2015 in Milwaukee County and recently expanded it statewide. Since its inception, the program has already helped many Wisconsin families give and receive financial support to children with over 770 payments totaling $271,000 in 2016, and 943 payments totaling nearly $400,000 in the first half of 2017.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) was recently awarded a $1.8 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), allowing Wisconsin to continue to be a national leader in helping people overcome the effects of trauma and assist them in healing.

Over the next five years DCF will be working closely with the Office of Children's Mental Health, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, to train mental health clinicians, and implement and evaluate three evidence-based treatments: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

National Adoption Month is coming up in November. In recognition of those who go above and beyond to open their hearts and homes and provide “forever families” for youths, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) will present the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards, to recognize and thank adoptive parents for their efforts to improve the lives of children.

DCF is requesting nominations about adoptive parents who go above and beyond, especially those who have adopted sibling groups, teenagers, children with special needs and/or foster care children.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) recently expanded its communication channels to include a new Twitter account aimed at providing Wisconsin families, foster youth, agency partners, and interested citizens with timely information about DCF efforts to improve the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin’s children, youth and families.

“By providing this additional communication resource, we hope that families will have better knowledge of the services offered by the Department and our partners,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson.

The 2017-19 Wisconsin biennial budget contains a provision to eliminate the cliff effect for families receiving the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy. Introduced by Governor Walker in his budget proposal, this new, exciting reform demonstrates the Governor's vision for how Wisconsin can once again lead the nation in reforming our public assistance programs and builds off of the reforms former Governor Tommy Thompson started in 1996 by rewarding work and helping people move from government dependence to true independence.

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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