Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

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.

In recognition of National Child Support Awareness Month, Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed August as a time to celebrate parents who provide the financial and emotional support children need to thrive, and to increase public awareness of the importance of the Wisconsin Child Support Program.

Children are Wisconsin’s greatest resource and providing them the backing they need to become successful is the best investment any parent can make. In 2016, more than $938 million was invested into the well-being of children thanks to Wisconsin’s county and tribal child support agencies.

Thirty-four Wisconsin counties were recently recognized by the Department of Children and Families for meeting all performance standards in the administration of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program which supports low-income working families by subsidizing a portion of the cost of quality child care while the parents or caregivers are working or participating in another approved activity.

A special celebration was held today at the Wisconsin Executive Residence honoring the academic accomplishments of current and former foster youth. First Lady Tonette Walker gave the keynote speech during the Department of Children and Families’ fifth annual Foster Youth Graduation Ceremony. She was joined by DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson and State Superintendent Tony Evers in recognizing these young adults for their recent graduations from high school or for reaching other post-secondary educational milestones.

Governor Walker's budget includes a proposal to end the child care subsidy cliff. This common sense reform is based on the principal that no government program should ever be designed in a way to serve as a disincentive for people to take a promotion or accept a higher paying job. For Wisconsin to have the workforce we need to continue to grow our economy well into the future, we need to be sure all our children have access to high quality child care. Eliminating the child care cliff is an important step in the right direction.  

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 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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