Child Abuse and Neglect Program
(Child Protective Services)

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The purposes of Wisconsin's Child Protective Services Program are:

  • To protect the health, safety, and welfare of children by encouraging the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect;
  • To assure that appropriate protective services are provided to abused and neglected children and their families and to protect children from further harm;
  • To provide support, counseling, and other services to children and their families to ameliorate the effects of child abuse and neglect;
  • To promote the well being of the child in his or her home setting, wherever possible, or in another safe and stable placement.

Any concerned individual can report suspected abuse or neglect directly to a local child protective service agency or law enforcement agency. Certain individuals whose employment brings them into contact with children are required by law to report any suspected abuse or neglect or threatened abuse or neglect to a child seen in the course of their professional duties.

The Department of Children and Families, protecting children, strengthening families, building communities.