Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

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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, nearly 700 children who were in out-of-home care were welcomed into safe and nurturing “forever homes” through public adoption. Yet, there are still many children who are waiting for the chance to be adopted. In recognition of the outstanding efforts of adoptive parents throughout Wisconsin and to bring awareness of the need to have more families open their hearts and homes to provide a forever family to children in need, Governor Walker has proclaimed November as Adoption Month.

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. 

Governor Scott Walker presented awards to honor three individuals for their contributions in the fight against domestic violence in a special ceremony held today at the state Capitol. The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse hosted the event as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a state wide effort to raise awareness about the effects of domestic abuse.

Since 1991, the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse has selected recipients for annual Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues.

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.

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 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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