The Stronger Families Milwaukee program is a new five-year prevention initiative developed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families aimed at reducing child maltreatment and keeping more families within their homes. This family-centered, strengths-based program utilizes a combination of case management services and peer advocates to assist families in finding local supports that fit their needs and help them thrive in-home.
Launched in April 2022 in conjunction with Strengthening Families Month, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is serving as the lead agency for the Stronger Families Milwaukee Consortium, along with Neu-Life Community Development and The Parenting Network.
The Stronger Families Milwaukee project employs a two-generation, culturally informed, client-centered, strengths-based case management model that provides wraparound services to caregivers and kids. When the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services has contact with families who need help with their basic needs or more support for their family, they will refer them to us at Community Advocates.
We have pulled together a consortium of trusted partners to wrap our arms around these families and provide all of the resources and support they can use.
- Using a strengths-based approach, our team of Engagement Specialists and Peer Specialists can work with a family through case management and home visitation to set personal and family goals. Staff will meet with families twice weekly to support them as they work towards achieving those goals.
- Our Stronger Families Milwaukee team at Community Advocates can connect participants to a number of services within our own organization, including housing resources, energy assistance, domestic violence services, mental health services, outpatient treatment, client financial assistance, and more.
- In addition, caregivers and children can be referred to our consortium partners The Parenting Network and Neu Life Community Development for parenting classes, the Parent Helpline, peer support services, youth programming and various youth engagement activities.
- Families will also receive referrals to other sources for additional needs such as healthcare, school supports, employment, and more.
These services can help to alleviate the stress placed on parents who are struggling and empower them to focus on the most important thing – having a healthy and loving family.