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  • Family in house
    Governor Walker Creates Future of the Family Commission

    The family is the basic foundation on which civil society was formed. A strong family provides the love, support, protection and stability that allow children to thrive, adults to achieve, and communities to prosper.

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    Wisconsin Creates Task Force to Fight Human Trafficking

    Human rights as individuals include being allowed to be in charge of one’s own body, ones’ own person. If that basic right is stolen, it is a demoralizing and traumatic experience for a human being to endure.

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    National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day – May 6

    Friday, May 6th is a special day -- Provider Appreciation Day -- to recognize child care providers who assist parents in their children’s care and early learning. Included in this group are teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those whose work is responsible for youth education and care.

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  • Resource for Parents

    Do you know which child care providers have star power? With DCF's YoungStar website, accessing quality child care for working parents will be easier than ever! Together we can help Wisconsin's little stars shine bright!

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May is Foster Care Month – Foster Care Awards presented by First Lady and DCF Secretary

Foster families throughout Wisconsin play an important role in the lives of children who need a temporary home, providing care and guidance for them. In recognition of Gov. Scott Walker’s proclamation declaring May as Foster Care Month in Wisconsin, First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson honored six outstanding foster families and a foster youth with the 2016 Governor’s Foster Care Award.

“During Foster Care Month, we have the chance to express the gratitude we hold year-round for these special families who provide the care that foster children need and deserve,” said Mrs. Walker. “Foster parents open their homes and hearts to vulnerable children in Wisconsin who enter out-of-home care, and help them overcome the trauma they face from being separated from their families for their own protection.”

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