Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) honored five adoptive families today with the 2019 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Award. The awards were presented during a special celebration at the State Capitol as part of Wisconsin’s month-long recognition of National Adoption Month.

The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, honored two individuals for their contributions to assisting survivors of domestic violence in a special ceremony held today at the state Capitol. The ceremony was hosted as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a statewide effort to raise awareness about the effects of domestic abuse.

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.

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.

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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