Wisconsin mothers have more education than they have had in the past, a trend associated with improvements in child well-being. But progress has been uneven.
The typical Wisconsin family was better off in 2015 than in 2014, but Wisconsin residents still earn less than they did before the recession.
Something we don’t always think about as youth go through the juvenile justice system – or in some cases diverted from the formal system into municipal courts or even other diversion programs – is that often various fines and fees are assessed on the youth and/or the parents. A new report from the Juvenile Law […]
Kids in Crisis, USA Today Network’s lengthy investigation on challenges children with mental health issues face, has developed a 10-point Legislation Action Tracker. You can check out this list and follow it over time to see if our state’s leadership takes the kind of steps recommended to improve the lives of thousands of children/youth/families across […]
According to information in the latest KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Wisconsin children rank 13th overall on critical measures of child well-being. Strengths in education and some economic indicators mean that in comparison to their peers in other states, many of our children are doing well. While the […]
A recent story published by Frontline highlights that in the last seven years, five states (Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mississippi, and New Hampshire) have raised the age at which youth can be tried as adults. South Carolina and Louisiana have also recently passed legislation, expected to be signed into law soon that will raise their age […]
As June begins, recall that May was Mental Health Awareness Month. WCCF released its publication, Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Wisconsin’s Children, in early May, and in this posting we are disseminating a short brief providing a unique way to look at and think about the ingredients that make wraparound approaches successful in providing […]
Childhood is often considered a carefree time of learning, exploration, and joy, unencumbered by the stress and demands of adult life. However, research shows that mental health concerns are common in children and, when left unaddressed, can have long-term negative outcomes. Unfortunately, many young people in Wisconsin have extremely limited access to mental health care, […]
Not only is the cost of incarcerating individuals in Wisconsin high (about $1.5 billion annually), but according to a new KIDS COUNT® policy report released today, approximately 88,000 children living in Wisconsin have experienced the separation of a parent who served time in jail or prison, of more than 5 million nationally. The impacts of […]
A group of juvenile justice advocates met this week in Washington DC for the launch of the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign, a national effort to end solitary confinement and other forms of prolonged isolation for youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.