Learn more about Wisconsin child welfare data using these reports and dashboards

Child Welfare Reports and Dashboards

The Child Welfare Data and Reports page is a resource for those interested in learning more about child welfare data in Wisconsin. Resources include both interactive visual dashboards and static data reports.


Child Protective Services Reports

Child Abuse and Neglect Report (2020)

The annual report shows information on child protective services reports of child abuse and neglect for a calendar year. Previous annual reports are below.

Report on Children with Disabilities Served in the Child Welfare System
(December 2016)

This report provides the Department’s plan to strengthen child welfare services for children with disabilities, as required by 2015 Wisconsin Act 365. The report was developed through a workgroup established by DCF composed of a broad range of stakeholders.

Child Welfare Dashboards

These dashboards are interactive, visual reports showing statewide and local agency child welfare summary data. The hover capabilities provide helpful information. All dashboards are screen-reader friendly.

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Child Protective Services (CPS)

Child Protective Services Reports Dashboard

Information on received and completed child protective services Access Reports and screening decisions.


Initial Assessment (IA) Hub Dashboard

Information on completed Initial Assessments (IAs), including information on alleged victims, alleged maltreaters, IA performance, completed IA trends and current IA overview.


Out-of-Home Care (OHC) Dashboard

Information on current Out-of-Home care placements, a map of the physical placements of children in OHC, children removed to OHC in the reporting period, and children who discharged from OHC in the reporting period.


Placement Stability Dashboard

Provides statewide and county summary information related to the number of placements children experience while in Out-of-Home Care(OHC).


Re-Entry Into Out-of-Home Care Dashboard

Presents statewide and county summary data about children who return to an OHC placement within 12 months. These children had left OHC to live in a permanent family setting.

Placement Discharges

Legal Permanence Dashboards

Offers statewide and county data about children leaving out-of-home care to live in a permanent living arrangement. Permanence includes

  • Discharge to reunification with parents
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption

The following dashboards show the time to Legal Permanency for Children Entering Out-of-Home Care in 3 increments.


Older Youth Outcomes Dashboard

Information on youth ages 15-21 who discharged from OHC either due to reaching the maximum age on their court order, or by way of adoption, guardianship, or reunification.


Caseworker Contacts Dashboard

Information on Monthly OHC Caseworker Contact Requirements for the Federal Fiscal Year.

Citizen Review Panel Reports and Responses

Citizen Review Panel Reports and Responses

States are required to have Citizen Review Panels under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The panels are made up of volunteer citizens and professionals working together to improve child protection at the state and local levels. Their goal is to improve child welfare outcomes for children and families .

Citizen review panels are required to submit an annual report to the Department of Children & Families (DCF) that includes recommendations about state and local child welfare services. DCF must respond to those recommendations within six months of receiving the report.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Child & Family Services Review (CFSR) Reports

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Reports

Statewide reports on reviews of Wisconsin's child welfare systems.


Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Reports

Statewide reports related to the federal review process focused on program outcomes for child safety, permanency, and child & family well-being.

Out-of-Home Care Reports

Out-of-Home Care (OHC) Dashboard

Information on current Out-of-Home care placements, a map of the physical placements of children in OHC, children removed to OHC in the reporting period, and children who discharged from OHC in the reporting period.


Out of Home Care Report (2020)

An annual report showing state and county information about children in out of home care during a calendar year. Previous annual reports are below.

Wisconsin Act 78 Public Disclosure Reports

Public Disclosure of Child Protective Services (CPS) Critical Incident Reports

The public notification and follow-up CPS system review(s) in cases of child death, serious injury, and egregious or critical incidents due to maltreatment or suspected maltreatment.


Public Disclosure of Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children in Out-of-Home Care Placement

This series of reports provides information about alleged sexual abuse of children while they are in an out-of-home care placement. Each quarterly and annual report has a statewide summary along with a table of information by county.