The Trauma and Recovery Project

The Trauma and Recovery Project is a 5-year project that is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The project aims to increase the availability and accessibility of trauma-responsive treatments for children and families in southeastern Wisconsin by: (a) fortifying and coordinating systems of care, (b) increasing...

The FACT Study

Home visiting programs often target services to families that are economically disadvantaged or otherwise at risk of poor outcomes. These families are also diverse in terms of their demographics, social and cultural backgrounds, ecological contexts, and baseline functioning. Successful outcomes require greater knowledge of the families that receive...

The Healthy Families Study

This study compares three groups: (a) families who enrolled in a long-term home visiting program, (b) families who enrolled in a short-term home visiting program, and (c) families who declined services. Participants in all three study conditions complete assessments at four time points for a 12-month period. This captures change over time in maternal...

Change in Mind

Change in Mind is a three-year initiative supporting the alignment of emerging research on chronic stress and developmental trauma with public policy and community practices. The initiative is a partnership between the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the Robert Wood Johnson...

The Family Peace Center Model for Addressing Polyvictimization

Headed by the Sojourner Family Peace Center, this 3-year demonstration project aims to develop trauma-informed screening, service, and referral processes to address the needs of polyvictimized clients. Through this initiative, a specialized trauma-informed polyvictimization screening tool and associated service program will be developed and offered...

Family Drug Treatment Courts

This 5-year project focuses on Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC) program, which is a voluntary program that provides substance abuse treatment and family support services to parents or guardians whose substance use disorder is a safety concern that results in the removal of the children from their care.

The ICFW team...

Project Safe Neighborhood/Welcome and Smart Re-entry

Led by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin, this 3-year interdisciplinary project is aimed at preventing violent crime recidivism among men who are returning to Milwaukee from prison. All participants are at high risk for re-offending and will receive an array of evidence-informed and...

Healthy Workers, Healthy Wisconsin

Poor health can undermine sustainable employment, particularly among vulnerable populations. Additionally, exposure to early adversity and trauma is not only highly prevalent among low-income groups, but has also been shown to interfere with job-related outcomes. To address this problem in the State of Wisconsin, the Community Advocates’ Public...

Alternative Response in Wisconsin

Alternative Response in Wisconsin is a mixed-method, longitudinal evaluation of a major system reform taking place in 22 Wisconsin county child welfare agencies. Alternative Response (AR), i.e., Differential Response, is being implemented by many states and localities throughout the country, with the aim of serving families with low-to-moderate safety...

Housing Opportunities Made to Enhance Stability (HOMES) Initiative

A stable, healthy, and affordable home provides a foundation for well-being and prosperity for children, families and communities. Stable housing can positively affect a broad spectrum of outcomes for children and families, including academic performance, physical, and mental health. Families that struggle to achieve or maintain housing stability...

Foundations for Adolescent Well-Being (FAWB)

Adolescents in foster care who have experienced maltreatment or chronic adversity face consequences that impact their life course, and are 25% more likely to experience delinquency, mental health problems, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug use.1 Children’s...

Parent Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence-based intervention offered to caregivers and their children ages 2-7 years old who struggle with externalizing behaviors...

Family Foundations Home Visiting Program

This project expands an ongoing evaluation of Wisconsin’s Family Foundations Home Visiting Program. The project has three aims. Study Aim 1 is to evaluate whether Wisconsin’s evidence-based home visiting services are associated with expected change in client and program benchmark outcomes. Interpretations of results will be enhanced by evaluating...

Brighter Futures: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based intervention offered to children ages 3-18 years old who struggle with trauma related symptoms, such as Post-Traumatic Stress, depression and/or anxiety.

Practitioners utilize and teach a variety of techniques to children and their caregivers to reduce symptoms of traumatic stress,...