Child Welfare Strategic Transformation in WI

Since 2018, Wisconsin has been progressively working toward transitioning the child welfare system to become in-home, family-focused, and collaborative.
The transformation of the child welfare system to become more family-centered has had positive outcomes including:
  1. Record number of families being served with in-home services
  2. Closing the service gaps with stakeholders
  3. Stronger integration of cross agency/county collaboration for services
The shift in the system began when research indicated that children and families have better results when supported jointly. This transformation is focused on keeping families and children together by serving them in-home with resources and services.
To support the families and children, four key transformation priorities were identified:
  1. To strengthen local communities + build services to support families in their homes.
  2. To keep children in family settings whenever possible.
  3. To improve our group care system.
  4. To support our workforce with solutions and improvements.
Since Wisconsin is a state run, county administered child welfare system, the Department of Child and Family Services partnered with Root Inc., a firm to assist in these strategic transformation efforts. Root conducted research to help understand how far along counties were in progressing toward achieving the 4 strategic priorities listed above. As a result of the research conducted, we know Wisconsin is well on its way to serving more kids and families in-home than ever before.
To learn more about the research conducted by Root download the presentation or watch it here.

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