Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Child Welfare Screening in Wisconsin: An Analysis of Families Screened Out of Child Protective Services and Subsequently Screened In

This report examines families who were investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families after first being screened out of the Child Protective Services system. Analyzing data from 2008 to 2010, the authors identify factors that increase a family's likelihood of being screened into the system following a screen-out, rather than being screened in on the first contact with the child welfare system. The authors use these findings, as well as research on screening systems in other states and related child welfare literature, to make policy and practice recommendations, including improving data collection and report management, evaluating and expanding community response programs, and exploring implementation of a statewide call center. Policy brief

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, Public Affairs 869, taught by J. Michael Collins in Spring 2015
  • Author(s): Aaron Dumas, Gabrielle Elzinga-Marshall, Brianne Monahan, Matthew van Buren, and Megan Will
  • Client Name: Wisconsin Department of Children and Families