Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Child Welfare Budget and Funding Information

Wisconsin counties receive state funding allocations to assist in the operation of their child welfare programs.   Also available is information on the major sources of child welfare federal funding.

Doing Business with DCF provides information and resources for new and existing DCF contractors and grantees to help them comply with contract requirements. 

County Child Welfare Allocations for Calendar Year 2017

Calendar Year 2017 Child Welfare Allocations Table

This Excel spreadsheet presents the initial allocations for calendar year (CY) 2017 State-County Child Welfare Contract including Youth Aids and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) programs. County agencies can use these amounts for their CY 2017 budget planning.

Advisory Notification of Allocations

The memo provides information about the 2017 Child Welfare allocations contract including contract requirements.

Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF)

The Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Program focuses on helping families stay together. It seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect and avoid the removal of children from their homes. It supports timely reunification where temporary removal was necessary for children’s safety. The program also promotes and supports adoptions for those children who cannot return home safely.

The purpose of this federal grant is, "to promote family strength and stability, enhance parental functioning and protect children."  The services help agencies operate preventive family preservation services and community-based family support services for families at risk or in crisis.

The federal government mandates that the grant award be spent:

  • 20% for family support
  • 20% for family preservation
  • 20% for time limited reunification
  • 20% for adoption
  • 20% for any of the above areas

Most grant funds in Wisconsin go to county agencies. In Calendar Year 2015, $3,126,400 was given to 70 counties to fund preservation, support and reunification services for children and families. The rest of the funds were used to fund Family Foundations, Coordinated Service Teams and Tribal Training partnerships.

Watch for New Documents in 2017

Please contact DCFPSSFStateCoordinator@wisconsin.gov with any questions.

Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program

The Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program provides federal reimbursement to states for the costs of children placed in foster homes or other types of out-of-home care under a court order or voluntary placement agreement.