Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities




Department of Children and Families’ public benefit programs will continue during the partial federal government shutdown. Read the full announcement here.

Noncustodial Parent Services

I am a parent, but my children don’t live with me. What services are available for me?

If your children don’t live with you, you are considered a noncustodial parent. Wisconsin offers many services to help low-income noncustodial parents become self-sufficient and able to pay child support.

Employment Services

If the other parent of your child is participating in Wisconsin Works (W-2) or receiving Wisconsin Shares child care assistance, you may be eligible to receive case management services through W-2. A worker at a W-2 Agency will determine if you are eligible. W-2 can help you with finding a job, keeping a job, or getting a better job. W-2 can also connect you with education and training to earn your GED, HSED, or a career certificate. To find a W-2 agency near you, please visit the Find a W-2 Agency page.


If you want to work, but don’t have the skills you need to succeed in the job you want, you may be a good candidate for subsidized employment. If you meet certain criteria, a local agency will place you at a work site to help you gain on-the-job experience. Subsidized employment for noncustodial parents is currently offered in the following counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Dane , Florence, Forest, Iron, Kenosha, Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Milwaukee, Racine, Rock (City of Beloit only), Rusk, Taylor, and Sawyer.

Cash Assistance

If you live in Dane, Marathon, or Milwaukee county, you may be eligible for a cash payment while you participate in activities to help prepare you for work. To apply for these payments, please visit the Find a W-2 Agency page. A worker at a W-2 Agency will determine if you are eligible to receive a stipend payment.

Job Access Loans

If you need to purchase supplies for work, or transportation to get to work, you may be eligible for a Job Access Loan. Job Access Loans can be used to cover expenses that will help you get or keep a job. You can repay these loans with cash, community service work hours, or a combination of both. To apply for a Job Access Loan, please contact your local W-2 Agency.