Goodwill Boys & Men of Color Initiative

The Goodwill Boys & Men of Color Initiative aims to support unemployed or underemployed young men of color in Milwaukee, by offering intentional and aligned access to career training programs and holistic supportive services. During the pilot of this initiative, youth and men will participate in a training program with ongoing support to increase...

Clinical Services Integration (CSI)

Children entering the child welfare system are more vulnerable due to the exposure to one, often multiple, adverse events prior to their placement in foster care. These adverse events can lead to decreased activity in areas of the brain affecting learning, memory, stress regulation and can result in life-long problems in learning, behavior, and physical...

Change in Mind

Healthy brain development is the foundation for child well-being and community prosperity. Changing systems and implementing policies that are informed by brain science can support children, families, and communities. From 2015 to 2017, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was one of 15 sites in the United States and Canada that participated in the...

Project Safe Neighborhood & Smart Reentry

Project Safe Neighborhood: Welcome Home (PSN) and Smart Reentry are innovative initiatives aimed at preventing recidivism among men returning to Milwaukee neighborhoods from state correctional facilities. The Wisconsin Department of Justice, in collaboration with other project partners, launched both projects in 2016. While PSN ended in spring 2019,...

Alternative Response (AR) in Wisconsin

Funded through the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Alternative Response (AR) or Differential Response is being implemented by 22 Wisconsin county child welfare agencies with the aim of serving families with low-to-moderate safety concerns without launching an official investigation of maltreatment. AR is a system reform that is intended...

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...

Brighter Futures: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Youth with good mental health develop skills and capacities that become the basis for strong communities. Toxic levels of stress and trauma negatively impact the architecture of a youth’s developing brain, which has lasting effects into adulthood. Youth in foster care face these challenges and many others, which contribute with significantly...

Western Wisconsin Collaborative for Children’s Well Being and Permanency

October 2007 – September 2013

Wisconsin’s Western Region is the area of the state with the highest concentration of methamphetamine abuse, and on par with the state as a whole in its problems with alcohol. This project responded to those needs by forming an alliance among state, regional, and county/tribe-level partners who are committed...