Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building 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 Gov. Scott Walker’s proclamation declaring May as Foster Care Month in Wisconsin, First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson will be recognizing foster families and a foster youth who have made outstanding contributions to children in foster care with the 2017 Governor’s Foster Care Award.

Please submit a nomination for a deserving Foster Family or Foster Youth by Monday, April 10, 2017.

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.  

In recognition of the outstanding of efforts of social workers throughout the state, Governor Walker has issued a proclamation declaring March as Social Worker Month in Wisconsin.

As part of the celebration, the Department of Children and Families will be recognizing several human service professionals who have made exemplary efforts to help their neighbors, support families and protect children at the 2017 Governor’s Caring for Kids Awards to be held on Wednesday, March 29 at the State Capitol.

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!

Members of the Future of the Family Commission recently met with Governor Walker to discuss their recommendations and to answer questions about their final report. During the meeting, the Governor thanked them for their commitment to improving the lives of all Wisconsin families and for the thoughtful approach they took during their deliberations.

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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