The Problem: Families at risk of abuse and neglect In 2018, the data was impossible to look away from. In Dodge and Jefferson Counties, Child Protective Services (CPS) intervened in 542 child maltreatment cases, a 30% increase over the previous 3 years. To drive change, we needed to understand why and how could it be prevented? And then intervene in a meaningful way.

The Solution: GWCHF invested $568,750 from September 2018 to September 2021 in the Community Response Program The Community Response Program provides connections to services, case management and skill building for parents and caregivers, focusing on evidence-based factors that foster positive parenting and protect against abuse and neglect.

The Results: 387 families reached before crisis in Dodge and Jefferson Counties, representing more than 750 children “We are thrilled to offer these earlier intervention and prevention services,” says Kathi Cauley, Director of Jefferson County Human Services. “We have received positive feedback from participants. We hope to expand the program even further.”

Read the full article about the independent program evaluation conducted by The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, part of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UW-Milwaukee.