Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities




DCF Mission, Goals, Values


Mission and Goals

The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to promote the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin's children and families. The Department is committed to protecting children, strengthening families, and building communities.

Our five overarching goals are:

  1. Children are nurtured, safe and engaged
  2. Enhance prevention and early intervention efforts throughout Wisconsin
  3. Families will have access to quality early care and education
  4. Parents will secure and maintain meaningful jobs
  5. Fathers will be more engaged in the lives of their children

DCF Values

DCF will:

  • Make decisions and act based on the best interests of children and their families because Wisconsin's future is dependent upon their success today.
  • Partner with the people of Wisconsin to keep children safe, promote economic stability and ensure the success of children and families, because it is our shared responsibility.
  • Share information, seek input and explain our actions, because we value transparency and accountability.
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect, because we believe in everyone’s inherent value.
  • Manage our resources efficiently, because we value good stewardship.
  • Support, develop and hold accountable our employees and contractors, because their performance is vital to our success.
  • Keep learning about and applying what works, because we want to continually improve what we do.