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DCF Media Contact Information
Telephone: (608) 266-9000
Email: DCFMedia@wisconsin.gov

Oct 16, 2019
The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, honored two individuals for their contributions to assisting survivors of domestic violence in a special ceremony held today at the state Capitol.
Oct 15, 2019
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will host listening sessions on the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services' (DMCPS) case management contracts over the coming weeks. The sessions are designed to gather public input which may be used in the development of the competitive procurement for new case management contracts.
Sep 26, 2019
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced today the funding amounts for the 2019-20 Children and Families Allocation (CFA) paid to counties. The figures reflect the increase to the CFA made through the 2019-21 state budget.
Jun 28, 2019
The seventh annual Foster Youth Graduation Celebration was held today at the Executive Residence to honor a special group of Wisconsin students.
May 28, 2019
Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, First Lady Kathy Evers and Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson honored five outstanding foster families and a foster youth during the 2019 Governor’s Foster Care Award ceremony on May 28, 2019, in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol.
Apr 19, 2019
Governor Tony Evers today announced that Wisconsin was named a winner of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative (PCI) Prenatal-to-Age-Three State Grant Competition. Awards went to cross-sector coalitions in 11 states to develop and strengthen high-quality prenatal-to-age-three services.
Apr 04, 2019
April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month as proclaimed by Governor Tony Evers. The month provides an opportunity to acknowledge the collective efforts of families, caregivers, communities, and agencies preventing child maltreatment.
Mar 20, 2019
DCF Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson presented the 2019 Caring for Kids awards during a ceremony at the State Capitol. The six awardees represent Lutheran Social Services, University of Wisconsin – Madison’s School of Social Work, and Milwaukee, Racine and Winnebago counties. The individuals exemplify dedication and passion in service to the people of their communities.
Mar 06, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson appointed agency administrators and policy advisors today.
Feb 26, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson announced a new round of appointments to hear leadership team today.
Feb 13, 2019
The Milwaukee Early Care Administration (MECA) is changing its call center and walk-in hours for the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program starting Thursday, February 21, 2019. The newly observed hours of operation will impact Thursday afternoons.
Jan 17, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced today that funding for Wisconsin Shares child care subsidies, Wisconsin Works (W-2) payments, and Kinship Care payments will continue despite the federal government shutdown.
Jan 14, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary-designee Emilie Amundson announced today her first appointments to her leadership team.

2018 press releases

11-12-18 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards presented

10-10-18 Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse Presents Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues Awards

08-05-18 Workforce Development Month: Connecting parents to family-sustaining jobs

08-01-18 Child Support: Investing in healthier parent-child relationships

06-18-18 First Lady and DCF Secretary honor foster youth for student success

05-15-18 First Lady and DCF Secretary recognize six outstanding foster families

05-02-18 Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. recognized by Governor Walker for its Dedicated Dads program

04-16-18 DCF highlights importance of early learning during the Week of the Young Child

04-02-18 Month of April brings call to action and awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

03-29-18 Caring for Kids Awards presented

2017 press releases

11-16-17 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards presented

10-23-17 Governor's Northern Economic Development Summit

10-18-17 DCF, DOJ work with Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association to combat human trafficking  

10-11-17 Governor Walker Presents Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues Awards

09-14-17 DCF awarded $1.8 million to expand mental health resources

08-22-17 MoneyGram child support payment project goes statewide

08-15-17 DCF launches Twitter account

08-04-17 Child Support Awareness Month: A time to celebrate parents

07-21-17 Wisconsin Counties Receive Award for Child Care Performance 

06-27-17 Foster Youth honored for student success 

05-23-17 Hands Around the Capitol - Foster Care Awareness Month

05-15-17 Foster Care Awards - Foster Care Awareness Month

05-11-17 Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

04-03-17 Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

03-29-17 Caring for Kids Awards - Social Work Month

2016 press releases

2015 press releases

11-2-2015 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards presented

10-02-2015 DCF Supports Efforts to End Domestic Violence in Wisconsin

09-15-2015 Wisconsin Creates Task Force to Fight Human Trafficking

07-13-2015 Community Collaboration Award presented to Youth Services program

06-30-2015 Foster Youth Graduation honors academic success of state youths

06-20-2015 Wisconsin Recognizes World Refugee Day

06-17-2015 Milwaukee County and DCF team with Brewers to honor fathers

05-27-2015 First Lady and DCF Secretary Recognize Foster Parents and Foster Youth

05-15-2015 Wisconsin Counties Receive Award for Child Care Performance

05-15-2015 Wisconsin Child Care Providers Receive Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Awards

05-07-2015 ADVOCAP Community Action Agency Honored

04-12-2015 Governor Walker Declares April 12-18 “Week of the Young Child” in Wisconsin

03-06-2015 Wisconsin Receives $11 Million to Support Pregnant Women, Children and Families

2014 press releases

12-05-14 New Grants Improve Educational Opportunities for Wisconsin Child Care Providers

11-18-14 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards presented

10-10-14 YoungStar program improves early childhood education throughout Wisconsin

09-25-14 Summary of 2015-17 DCF Budget Requests

08-13-2014 Lac du Flambeau and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families sign Title IV-E agreement

06-20-2014 Foster Youth Graduation event celebrates academic success

05-08-2014 Indianhead Community Action Agency Honored

05-08-2014 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Recognized

04-23-2014 Governor signs bill extending foster care placement to age 21 for education completion

04-03-2014 Wisconsin’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Launches New Website

02-25-2014 Transform Milwaukee Jobs Program to Help Train and Transition Workers

01-31-2014 Statement from Department of Children and Families Secretary Anderson on Appointment of Elizabeth Hudson