Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

During this holiday season, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) encourages the unity, well-being and happiness that the holiday's bring to families. We also acknowledge that the holiday season can also bring additional stress and anxiety. It’s our mission to provide resources and services to assist families, as well as connections to our partners in Wisconsin’s various communities to help make this holiday season special for all.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) has joined the statewide campaign to strengthen children and families in a novel way – with the launch of a community-wide license plate campaign. In partnership with the Celebrate Children Foundation, DCF is calling on you to purchase a Celebrate Children license plate which supports increased access to education, programs and services designed to strengthen families across Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) honored six special adoptive families today by presenting them with the 2017 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Award. The awards were presented during a celebration at the State Capitol as part of Wisconsin’s month long recognition of National Adoption Month.

The awards recognize incredible Wisconsin families who have opened their hearts to provide save and loving homes to children in need of adoption. Nominations were received from adoption workers, children’s advocates, and citizens from all corners of Wisconsin with recipients chosen based upon their stories of exceptional dedication and commitment in ensuring their adopted children receive the important family bonds that only a “forever” family can provide. 

In 2016, over 7,000 human trafficking cases were reported nationwide to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, including in Wisconsin. To help combat this growing problem, the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Department of Justice (DOJ) implemented the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force in 2015. Since its inception, the Task Force has been developing a cross-system, comprehensive, trauma-informed service and response system for minors who have been trafficked or are at-risk of being sex trafficked. 

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.

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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