Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Welcome to the new Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) website. We hope that you find the new site easier to use and more responsive to your needs. Created with you in mind, the new site was built to allow you to have multiple navigation options and easily use a PC, tablet, or smartphone to get the information you want. The new DCF website also features improved layout, visual appeal, enhanced search functionality, and reduced web clutter.
A state-level-system Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has been established to develop a cross-system, comprehensive, trauma-informed service and response system in Wisconsin for minors who are victims or at-risk of being victims of sex-trafficking. Co-chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Wisconsin Attorney General, the Human Trafficking Taskforce will be composed of a broad range of stakeholders located across the state committed to serving the victims of this horrific crime.

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!

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) honored six special adoptive families on November 22nd, by presenting them with the 2016 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
Well-designed public policy may assist families in overcoming the barriers that make it difficult to achieve stability and economic freedom. Through, Executive Order #184, Governor Walker established the Future of the Family Commission to explore ways that policy can be developed to help uplift families and aid them in attaining self-sufficiency.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is targeting the issue of poverty in Wisconsin’s most economically disadvantaged areas with an exciting new subsidized work program. The Transitional Jobs (TJ) program is a public/private partnership that teams local businesses looking for a low-risk way to expand their workforce with eligible unemployed or underemployed job-seekers in need of training and mentorship. The program has a specific focus of helping people with high-barriers gain the skills needed to transition into long-term, family sustaining jobs.
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Subsidized Employment Programs

Helping pay worker’s salaries in exchange for on-the-job training.

Youth Aids

Community based juvenile justice programs aimed to prevent incarceration


DCF supports dads with resources needed to positively contribute to their children’s lives

Child Support Account Access

Your self-service, child support case information system.

Find Child Care

Find the information needed to choose a high quality child care provider near you.