Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Reports and Data

folder reports and data

DCF publishes many reports about our work improving the lives of Wisconsin families.

Data and statistical reports have been grouped by program area.

Tableau Dashboard Quick User Guide

To request DCF Data for Research or Analytical purposes not available below, please email dcfdatagovernance@Wisconsin.gov.

For all other questions or requests please contact the main phone number for DCF at: 608-422-7000.

Child Support

Child Support Dashboards

An assortment of child support program performance reports presented in a visually interactive format.

Child Welfare

Child Protective Services Reports

Child Abuse and Neglect Report (2017)

The annual report shows information on child protective services reports of child abuse and neglect for a calendar year. Previous annual reports are below.

Report on Children with Disabilities Served in the Child Welfare System
(December 2016)

This report provides the Department’s plan to strengthen child welfare services for children with disabilities, as required by 2015 Wisconsin Act 365. The report was developed through a workgroup established by DCF composed of a broad range of stakeholders.

Child Welfare Dashboards

Visual reports showing statewide and local agency child welfare performance summary data. These dashboards cover child protective services, child out-of-home placement, leaving a placement and child well-being. The hover capabilities provide helpful information. All dashboards are screen-reader friendly.


Child Protective Services (CPS)

Access Dashboard

Provides data related to Access screening decisions and trends in Wisconsin.


Initial Assessment (IA) Timeliness Dashboard

Presents data on performance in Initial Assessment completion and initial contact timeliness in the most recent month and in six month trends.


Placement Stability Dashboard

Provides statewide and county summary information related to the number of placements children experience while in Out-of-Home (OHC).


Adoption Outcomes Dashboard

Provides statewide, adoption region and county-specific information about finalized adoptions.


Re-Entry Into Out-of-Home Care Dashboard

Presents statewide and county summary data about children who return to an OHC placement within 12 months. These children had left OHC to live in a permanent family setting.

Placement Discharges

Legal Permanence Dashboards

Offers statewide and county data about children leaving out-of-home care to live in a permanent living arrangement.

  • Returning to live with their parent(s)
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship

The following dashboards show the time to Legal Permanency for Children Entering Out-of-Home Care in 3 increments.


Aging Out Dashboard

Presents past year and year-to-date statewide and county quarterly summary data. Shows trends about youth who are too old for continued out-of-home care services.


Caseworker Contacts Dashboard

Provides cumulative information related to monthly caseworker contact requirements, in Wisconsin, for the federal fiscal year. Each data year begins in October.


Out-of-Home Placement (OHP) Child & Parental Needs and Child Co-Occurring Needs

These dashboards are no longer available. The following reports offer a point in time snapshot of statewide, county, and regional data. A standardized assessment tool, Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) is used for the scoring.

  • Child and Youth Needs Data Reference provides counts of children in out-of-home care by CANS scores of each of the well-being indicators:
    • Trauma
    • Behavior/Emotional Risks
    • Physical health
    • Education

  • Parental Needs Data Reference refers to parent(s), with a child in out-of-home care, who have are identified as a permanency resource. A parent count by CANS score is provided for each of the well-being indicators:
    • Substance Use
    • Mental Health
    • Physical Health
    • Education/Employment

  • Child Co-Occurring Needs Data Reference refers to the counts of children in out-of-home care who have one or more well-being indicators scored.


Provider Performance Based Measures (PBM)

Performance based measures is a method of tracking outcomes for out-of-home care agencies licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. There are 3 dashboards, one for each type of provider: group homes, residential care centers, and child placing agencies.

Citizen Review Panel Reports and Responses

Citizen Review Panel Reports and Responses

States are required to have Citizen Review Panels under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The panels are made up of volunteer citizens and professionals working together to improve child protection at the state and local levels. Their goal is to improve child welfare outcomes for children and families .

Citizen review panels are required to submit an annual report to the Department of Children & Families (DCF) that includes recommendations about state and local child welfare services. DCF must respond to those recommendations within six months of receiving the report.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Child & Family Services Review (CFSR) Reports

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Reports

Statewide reports on reviews of Wisconsin's child welfare systems.

Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Reports

Statewide reports related to the federal review process focused on program outcomes for child safety, permanency, and child & family well-being.

Out-of-Home Care Reports

Out of Home Care (OHC) Monthly Statistics

The Out-of-Home Care (OHC) monthly statistics provide statewide six-month trend data pertaining to children:

  • Entering OHC during the month
  • In care on the last day of the month
  • Discharged from OHC during the month

Also included are six month county counts of children in OHC on the last day of the month for a calendar year.

Out of Home Care Report (2017)

An annual report showing state and county information about children in out of home care during a calendar year. Previous annual reports are below.

Post-Reunification Support (PS) Program Reports

Interim Evaluation Report

The Interim Evaluation Report of the Wisconsin Waiver Program by the Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois.

Post-Reunification Program Semi-Annual Progress Report

Federally mandated report of the current practices and results of the Wisconsin Post-Reunfication Support Program.

Wisconsin Act 78 Public Disclosure Reports

Public Disclosure of Child Protective Services (CPS) Critical Incident Reports

The public notification and follow-up CPS system review(s) in cases of child death, serious injury, and egregious or critical incidents due to maltreatment or suspected maltreatment.

Public Disclosure of Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children in Out-of-Home Care Placement

This series of reports provides information about alleged sexual abuse of children while they are in an out-of-home care placement.  Each quarterly and annual report has a statewide summary along with a table of information by county. 

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy

Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program Data

The Wisconsin Shares statistical reports include monthly and quarterly information about number of families and children served by Wisconsin Shares subsidies, program expenditures, and more.

Wisconsin Works

Wisconsin Works Research and Analytics

W-2 reports display the number of W-2 cases, W-2 participant placement types, and W-2 recipients that had a placement as of the last day of the report month (or the latest day in the report month where there was a placement before a case closed).

Refugee Cash Assistance Program Data

The monthly report displays the number of cases and recipients receiving benefits under the RCA program.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Agency Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are a set of metrics used to measure performance over time and help gauge if the Department is meeting its strategic goals and mission. Through the use of data-driven dashboards and reports, Key Performance Indicators are designed to provide information for strategic decision-making and results-oriented improvement efforts. The Bureau of Performance Management (BPM) supports and manages the KPI dashboards on behalf of the Department.

DMCPS Settlement Agreement Information

Jeanine B. Settlement Agreement – The Performance Analysis Unit is responsible for independent and objective reporting on Settlement Agreement measures. There are monthly, quarterly and semi-annual reports required as part of the Agreement. PA staff work with DMCPS and its contractors to collect and validate all data contained within these reports, and often present findings to the DMCPS Partnership Council. For more information visit Milwaukee County Child Protective Services: Settlement Agreement Information.