Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

 

 

Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

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Committees and Chairpersons

Partnership Council - Mark Mertens, chair

Critical Incident Committee - Dr. Mallory O'Brien, chair

Health and Education Committee - Christine Holmes

Council members

List of Child Welfare Terms

Minutes and Reports from Meetings For last 2 year period. Archive information must be requested through MCPS.

2017-2019 Partnership Council Budget Recommendations

 

Partnership Council Meeting Dates/Times

Generally meetings are the last Friday of the month from noon - 2:00 p.m. at the DMCPS Office, 635 N. 26th Street (26th and Wisconsin Ave.). Email to request an agenda.

January 27, 2017

March 24, 2017 (Community Meeting)

May 19, 2017

July 28, 2017 - CANCELLED

September 29, 2017 (Community Meeting)

November 17, 2017 - CANCELLED

 

Committee Meetings:

Held at DMCPS office: 635 N. 26th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

  • Critical Incident Committee (Closed Sessions)

          8:30am March 20,2017

  • Health & Education Committee

         12:00pm February 22, 2017

  • Ad-Hoc Rules Committee

         2:00pm March 16, 2017

 

The Role of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services are groups of citizen-volunteers throughout the United States who are federally mandated to evaluate local and state child protection systems. The panels are required to submit an annual report to the federal children's bureau each year that outlines the panel's activities and make recommendations to the state child protective system to strengthen its services.

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council has been designated the Citizen Review Panel for Milwaukee County. Under Chapter 48 (Section 562) Children's Code, its duties are:

  • Hold at least one public hearing each year at which the council shall encourage public participation and solicit public input regarding the child welfare system in Milwaukee County.

  • Recommend policies and plans for the improvement of the child welfare system in Milwaukee County and submit its recommendations with respect to those policies and plans to the department.

  • Recommend measures for evaluating the effectiveness of the child welfare system in Milwaukee County, including outcome measures, and submit its recommendations with respect to those measures to the department.

  • Recommend funding priorities for the child welfare system in Milwaukee County and submit its recommendations with respect to those funding priorities to the department.

  • Identify innovative public and private funding opportunities for the child welfare system in Milwaukee County and submit its recommendations with respect to those funding opportunities to the department.

  • Annually, submit a report of its recommendations to the department, which within 60 days after receiving the report shall prepare a response to those recommendations and transmit the report, together with its response, to the governor and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature.

  • Advise the department in planning, and providing technical assistance and capacity building to support, a neighborhood-based system for the delivery of child welfare services in Milwaukee County.

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council was established through 1995 WI Act 303 as an advisory body to the State regarding child welfare services in Milwaukee County. Quarterly meetings are open to the public. Membership includes the following:

  • Three members of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors nominated by the County Executive;
  • Two state representatives, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Assembly minority leader;
  • Two state senators, one appointed by the Senate President and the other by Senate Minority Leader;
  • Nine state residents, with not less than six being residents of Milwaukee County; and
  • Milwaukee County District Attorney or designee;
  • Presiding Children's Court Judge.

Contact the Milwaukee Child Protective Services