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Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

Committees and Chairpersons

Partnership Council - Mark Mertens, chair

Critical Incident Committee - Dr. Mallory O'Brien, chair

Out-of-Home Care Committee - To Be Announced

Health and Education Committee - Christine Holmes

Council members

List of Child Welfare Terms

Minutes and Reports from Meetings

2015-2017 Partnership Council Budget Recommendations

Partnership Council Meeting Dates/Times

All meetings are the last Friday of the month from noon - 2:00 p.m. at the DMCPS Office, 635 N. 26th Street (26th and Wisconsin Ave.). Email to request an agenda.

January 29, 2016

March 18, 2016 (Community Meeting)

May 27, 2016

July 29, 2016

September 30, 2016 (Community Meeting)

November 18, 2016

Partnership Council – Ad Hoc Budget Committee

March 8, 2016 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Agenda, Minutes
April 20, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM: CANCELLED
April 28, 2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Agenda

Subcommittee Meetings - Held at DMCPS office: 635 N. 26th St, Milwaukee, WI

Adoption & Out-of-Home Care
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Health & Education
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Critical Incident - Closed Sessions
10:00 - 11:30 AM *unless otherwise noted
To Be Announced February 17, 2016 Cancelled
June 16, 2016
June 17, 2015
September 30, 2016
January 29, 2016 *11:00 - 11:30 AM
May 27, 2016
July 29, 2016
November 18, 2016

The Role of the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council

Citizen Review Panels for Child Protective Services are groups of citizen-volunteers throughout the United States who are federally mandated to evaluate local and state child protection systems. The panels are required to submit an annual report to the federal children's bureau each year that outlines the panel's activities and make recommendations to the state child protective system to strengthen its services.

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council has been designated the Citizen Review Panel for Milwaukee County. Under Chapter 48 (Section 562) Children's Code, its duties are:

  • Hold at least one public hearing each year at which the council shall encourage public participation and solicit public input regarding the child welfare system in Milwaukee County.

  • Recommend policies and plans for the improvement of the child welfare system in Milwaukee County and submit its recommendations with respect to those policies and plans to the department.

  • Recommend measures for evaluating the effectiveness of the child welfare system in Milwaukee County, including outcome measures, and submit its recommendations with respect to those measures to the department.

  • Recommend funding priorities for the child welfare system in Milwaukee County and submit its recommendations with respect to those funding priorities to the department.

  • Identify innovative public and private funding opportunities for the child welfare system in Milwaukee County and submit its recommendations with respect to those funding opportunities to the department.

  • Annually, submit a report of its recommendations to the department, which within 60 days after receiving the report shall prepare a response to those recommendations and transmit the report, together with its response, to the governor and to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature.

  • Advise the department in planning, and providing technical assistance and capacity building to support, a neighborhood-based system for the delivery of child welfare services in Milwaukee County.

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council was established through 1995 WI Act 303 as an advisory body to the State regarding child welfare services in Milwaukee County. Quarterly meetings are open to the public. Membership includes the following:

  • Three members of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors nominated by the County Executive;
  • Two state representatives, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Assembly minority leader;
  • Two state senators, one appointed by the Senate President and the other by Senate Minority Leader;
  • Nine state residents, with not less than six being residents of Milwaukee County; and
  • Milwaukee County District Attorney or designee;
  • Presiding Children's Court Judge.

Contact the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services

Last Revised: May 27, 2016


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