- Helpful Information
The Mission of the Department of Children and Families is to improve the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin’s children, youth and families. The Department is committed to protecting children and youth, strengthening families, and supporting communities.Visit Website
The goal of the Office of Youth Services is to improve outcomes for youth in the child welfare system and other vulnerable youth. Specifically, the office supports service delivery systems that move youth towards academic success, safe and stable housing, employment, permanent connections with supportive adults and healthy lifestyle behaviors.
The Office of Youth Services also publishes and disseminates a newsletter periodically to keep everyone abreast of developments as that office expands its work with youth in both the juvenile delinquency and child welfare systems. You can find the newsletters, including the January 2016 and March 2016 editions – and go to DCF youth services for future editions as well.Visit Website
Numbered memos are used to convey child welfare related policies or procedures which includes child welfare licensing updates. They include directives on new regulations, clarification of existing procedures or changes in state statutes or Departmental policies which affect the operation of child welfare programs.
Information Memos contain material which is strictly informational and time-limited. They include announcements about budget allocations, provide details on quality assurance reviews/results, give details on new pamphlets or announce public hearings.Visit Website
- Child Welfare Resources
The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child publication titled Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems, is a very readable overview of the research about the importance of the early years of life, the impact of trauma and toxic stress on development, how stress is often reflected in a parents’ response to intervention efforts, and suggested “big picture” policy ideas that spring from applying the science of child development.Visit Website
The following products have been developed by sites that have engaged in a dual status youth initiative guided by technical assistance, and offer valuable guidance and resources from successful, committed, and innovative jurisdictions.
Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes, 3rd Edition
By Janet K. Wiig and John A. Tuell, with Jessica K. Heldman (Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Actions Corps, 2013)Visit Website
Understanding Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Delinquency: From Research to Effective Program, Practice, and Systemic Solutions
By Janet K. Wiig and Cathy Spatz Widom, with John A. Tuell (Child Welfare League of America, 2003)Visit Website
By Jessica Heldman (Child Welfare League of America, 2006)Visit Website
- Child Welfare Reform
A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.Visit Website
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform supports and educates leaders across systems of care to advance a balanced, multi-systems approach to improving outcomes for, and promoting the positive development of, youth at risk of juvenile justice involvement.Visit Website
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has created a pretty complete website on dual status youth that includes links to resources, publications, emerging trends, research, and contacts related to working with dual-status youth – those youth that have had or still have a “foot in both the jj and child welfare systems”. Some of these resources are noted in other places on the WJJN site, but this is a good “one-stop” shop for information.Visit Website