Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Ask a child to draw a picture of the perfect family and you will probably be given a drawing of the little one holding hands with their mom and a dad. Maybe they will include their little brother or sister, even if it is an image of them in a rocket ship being sent to the moon. But today 24 million children face a very different reality – because dad simply isn’t in the picture.

As part of National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) joined the Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to support, empower and give a voice to current and former foster youth throughout Wisconsin.

DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson and department staff participated in the Hands Around the Capitol event on Tuesday, May 23rd to show support and raise awareness of the challenges facing foster children and youth.

Foster families throughout Wisconsin play an important role in the lives of children who need a temporary home, while also providing care and guidance. In recognition of Gov. Scott Walker’s proclamation declaring May as Foster Care Month in Wisconsin, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson honored six outstanding foster families and a foster youth with the 2017 Governor’s Foster Care Award.

Six foster parent awards were presented during a ceremony on May 16, 2017, in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol.

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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