Child Welfare


The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to supporting the children and families in our communities while continuing to ensure their ongoing health and safety. Our partners, providers and local child welfare agencies are really stepping up on behalf of children and families in this uncertain time. Your role in our system cannot be understated.

The circumstances of COVID-19 are constantly evolving and recommendations will change in the coming days and weeks. Please check here frequently for the most up to date guidance.

Guiding Principles

  • Child safety is the top priority of the child welfare system.
  • If child welfare workers are unable to react in times of emergency, due to exposure to COVID-19, more children will be at risk. 
  • We need to balance the key guiding principles of assessing and ensuring child safety while keeping our workforce healthy and available to respond to emergency child abuse and neglect situations.