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Children, Youth & Families (CYF)

Our mission is to help families remain together. By assisting them in the development of skills in problem solving, communication, relationship building, and trust building, we seek to ensure a safe, nurturing environment for all family members.

This unit serves children and families that have a variety of needs.  Families may be referred by law enforcement, mandated reporters or community members.  The unit is the statutory agent for juvenile delinquency and child protection concerns.  The process includes assessment, engagement, service delivery and coordination.  We manage a continuum of services to protect both children and the community.  We utilize statutes, administrative rules and best practice standards to provide quality services.

  • Child Abuse/Neglect Assessments evaluate a child’s safety in the home and determine the best way to prevent and remedy at-risk situations in families. Intake for mandated reporters and community members with reports of child maltreatment.
  • Child Advocacy Center ensures that children are not further victimized by the intervention systems designed to protect them.  We provide a child-focused, child friendly facility in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protective services, prosecution, family and victim advocacy work together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.  The combined  knowledge and experience of professionals from different disciplines result in a more complete understanding of case issues and the most effective child and family-focused system response.
  • Delinquent Youth/Juvenile Court Services provide intake, processing and disposition services to the court in cases of delinquency, truancy and other status offences.
  • Community Supervision
  • On-going Services help families remedy stressful situations.
  • Court Ordered Step-parent Screenings and Custody Studies
  • Foster Care Licensure and Training
  • Independent Living Skills Training helps children 15-21 who receive or have received alternate care services for six months or more to develop skills necessary to transition to adulthood.
  • Home Studies and Courtesy Services for other counties.
  • Prevention Services include respite care, teaching of parenting skills, and referral to counseling and other community resources.
  • Coordinated Services Team (CST) is a community-based team process that assists families by promoting collaboration among their service providers. This process allows a team of providers to work with parents and natural supports to achieve goals and meet the needs of youth and families.
  • Information and Referral provides information about and referrals to other departments, programs and community organizations.

For more information call (608) 328-9384.

 To Report Child Abuse or Neglect:
  (608) 328-9393 (M-F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm)
(888) 552-6642 (After-Hours, Holidays & Weekends)