Privacy Policies 

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The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to meeting current and evolving privacy requirements and regulations through establishing clear policies, implementing robust processes, conducting regular risk assessments and fostering a culture of compliance within the organization through ongoing communication, training, and continuous improvement. 

To learn more about how our department protects the privacy of the families it serves, please see the DCF Privacy Program Plan

If you have privacy concerns regarding one of our programs, please File a Complaint ( with the appropriate program area.

Public Disclosure

In the State of Wisconsin, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs: the privacy of individuals is included among these exceptions. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other applicable law will control.

External Links

The DCF website has links to other websites. These include links to websites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. When you link to another site, you are no longer on the DCF website, and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site.

Third-Party Tracking Software

The DCF website uses third party software (Google Analytics) to collect anonymized usage data in order to improve website performance, accessibility, and usability. DCF does not sell or distribute this data to other organizations, however what Google does with that data is subject to Google's terms of service and is outside of DCF's control.