Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


In recognition of Gov. Tony Evers declaring March as Social Work Month in Wisconsin, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) honored the efforts of six child welfare professionals with the 2019 Caring for Kids award.

DCF Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson presented the awards during a ceremony today at the State Capitol. The six professionals represent Lutheran Social Services, University of Wisconsin – Madison’s School of Social Work, and Milwaukee, Racine and Winnebago counties. The individuals exemplify dedication and passion in service to the people of their communities.

Foster families throughout Wisconsin play an important role in the lives of children who need a temporary home, providing care and guidance for them. In recognition of Foster Care Month in Wisconsin, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Emilie Amundson will be recognizing foster families and a foster youth who have made outstanding contributions to children in foster care with the 2019 Governor’s Foster Care Awards.

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.

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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