Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Tribal Affairs Office



The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to working with the eleven federally recognized Indian Tribes located within Wisconsin.  Through a collaborative effort that recognizes and respects their sovereignty, DCF consults with the Tribes to support tribal children and families through the Department’s various programs, including:

  • Child Welfare
  • Child Support
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Child Care
  • Domestic Abuse Services


Today, the Tribal Affairs Office continues to serve as liaison to tribal governments, tribal organizations, the urban tribal population, the general public and DCF staff by:

  • Facilitating a productive government-to-government relationship between DCF and the tribal governments of Wisconsin
  • Ensuring tribal-DCF collaboration in the development of policy, program and funding initiatives impacting tribal communities
  • Fostering an effective chain of communication between DCF and tribal staff
  • Training DCF staff and others in the area of tribal relations
  • Administering the tribal/DCF contracting process for protective services and family supporting programs
  • Providing technical assistance to tribal governments and communities
  • Working together to ensure culturally appropriate services are available in tribal communities
  • Providing administrative, fiscal and program oversight of programs contracted to the Tribal governments located in Wisconsin


The roles and responsibilities of the TAO staff include:

  • Helping in the development of Wisconsin tribal policies
  • Serving as a liaison between the Tribes and DCF promote the safety and well-being of children and families