Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Nationally, only about 54% of foster youth will graduate from high school and only 2% will go onto college. Most suffer not only the loss of their biological family, but might have had to face multiple foster home moves, changes in caseworkers and being uprooted from friends and schools.

The thirty-four graduates who were able to attend the celebration represented the 103 foster youth throughout Wisconsin who are known to have reached commencement in the 2018/19 academic year.

The department is seeking feedback from families as part of an effort to develop and strengthen high-quality prenatal-to-age-three services through the Pritzker Children’s Initiative grant. Hearing from Wisconsin families about their needs is critical to our success. The survey is short and the information provided will help inform how the state moves forward. You can access the survey in multiple languages through the following links:

English language survey 

Spanish language survey

Hmong language survey

Attention child care providers! Are you in compliance with the new background check policy? The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is making child care safer by ensuring that individuals working with or in proximity to children have not committed violent crimes, child abuse or sexual offenses. Learn more about the new background check process and how to request background checks using the Provider Portal by visiting our Licensing Background Check Requirements page.

In an effort to shed light on the issue of trafficking in Wisconsin, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has recently launched the WI, We Need to Talk public awareness campaign.

Aimed at informing Wisconsin citizens about youth sex trafficking, the WI, We Need to Talk campaign can help you recognize the warning signs of trafficking that could be taking place in your community, and what you can do to help the young people who might be at risk.

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.

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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