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The Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund works to ensure that all Wisconsin children grow up in healthy and nurturing environments free from violence with an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.         

The Children's Trust Fund only funds programs committed to using strengths-based prevention approaches and to upholding the principles of family support practice that set the highest standards for the family support field. In addition, grantees will be required to use evidence-based and evidence-informed practices for all education and support programs. To learn more about our grantees, click here.

Adequate Housing, Health Care, and Financial Stability

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Adequate Housing

Quality safe, affordable housing anchors families in their communities, contributes to children’s school success and health, and provides the permanency necessary to maintain stable employment or engage in education and training activities.

Wisconsin Community Action Program: WISCAP is a voluntary association that serves the needs of its member Community Action agencies and Special Purpose agencies through various ways such as helping to identify and sponsor professional training in anti-poverty areas; facilitating quarterly meetings leadership staff and board members; serving as a conduit for resource development needs of its members; advocating for public policy conducive to the locally-developed goals of its member agencies; and, advocating for laws, rules and regulations which support economic opportunity efforts, community development, and locally-designed strategies and procedures.

Access to Health Care

While health insurance alone is not a guarantee of health care services, it is an essential first step in gaining access to affordable care. Families without quality health insurance are financially vulnerable. One of the leading causes of bankruptcy is lack of access to good, affordable health insurance. In Wisconsin, 89 percent of the population was insured all of 2008 (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 2008).

ACCESS: Access is an online tool that provides eligibility support services for health and nutrition. The Access website provides a quick and easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they might be able to receive:
- Help with buying food
- Low- or no-cost health care
- Help with buying prescription drugs
- Help with paying for child care
- Home energy assistance
- Special tax credits

Wisconsin Community Health Centers: Community health centers deliver primary medical, dental, and mental health services in medically underserved areas. The link provides a contact list of all the Wisconsin community health centers.

County Health Rankings: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute partnered to develop a website that provides measures of community health, such as individual health behaviors, education, jobs, quality of health care, and the environment.

Financial Stability

The financial inability to meet their children’s basic material needs can be a major source of stress for parents. In Wisconsin, 71 percent of children live in families considered to have secure employment – that is, at least one parent employed full-time, year-round. Median family income in Wisconsin in 2008 was $64,203, and Wisconsin is ranked 18th nationally for median net worth of families at $96,329 (CFED, 2010).

Community Response, The Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund: Community Response fills a gap in the child maltreatment prevention continuum by reaching out to families who have been reported to Child Protective Services (CPS) but whose cases are screened out or closed after an initial assessment. These are voluntary services that attempt to reduce future referrals to CPS by outreaching to families in the earlier stages of child maltreatment risk.

The Center for Financial Security, UW - Madison: The Center for Financial Security (CFS) in the University of Wisconsin-Madison focuses on applied research that promotes individual and family financial security and informs public policy about financial issues on a local, state, and national level.

Asset and Opportunity Scorecard: Published by the Corporation for Economic Development (CFED), the scorecard assesses all states on their relative ability to provide opportunities for residents to build and retain assets.

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