Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT) is the only statewide, parent-run organization in Wisconsin working with families that include children with social, emotional or behavioral challenges. We walk beside families to provide emotional support while helping to navigate the complex service and treatment systems with which they are involved .

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Do you know what caregivers need?

If so, please consider participating in a study sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin and WFT examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected caregivers. Dr. Robyn Hardt Schultz, Director of Research and Evaluation at WFT has partnered with MCW to conduct this study. The study will take about twenty minutes by the responses you provide may have a lasting impact on improving interventions and available treatments.


REGISTER NOW – Wisconsin Family Ties’ Children Come First Conference, In Person! November 15-16, 2021, Kalahari Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI*


Join us at the 31st Annual Children Come First (CCF) Conference!

The CCF Conference is full of practical and inspiring content about caring for or working with children, youth, and young adults with social, emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges.  Learn strategies to apply in your daily life. Connect with state and national experts.  Obtain resources that you can use in your home, school, organization, or community.

Stay tuned for exciting speaker and break out session updates! 


Yes, we ARE planning to hold the Children Come First Conference in person with the CDC’s recommended protocols in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19!  Virtual options will also be available!

If you have not been vaccinated yet, we urge you to contact your county health department to find out what resources are available in your community.

Children Come First Conference Youth Track – Cancelled

After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Youth Track portion of this year’s Children Come First Conference. Due to the alarming rise of Covid-19 cases throughout the state of Wisconsin, particularly among children and adolescents, we decided that out of an abundance of caution it was necessary to forgo the Youth Track this year.


We understand this may be disappointing for families who were looking forward to participating in the variety of activities we had planned. We look forward to bringing the Youth Track back in 2022. Paid registrants will be automatically refunded; no action needed on your part. The rest of the conference will go on as planned and this year we will be offering a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person.

CEU information also coming soon!

Register today. Space is limited!

For more information, email us at [email protected] or call us at (608)235-9116

Save the dates! Youth Mental Health Needs and Services Trainings!

Waukesha County has partnered with Wisconsin Family Ties to host a series of trainings designed to help family members, educators, school personnel, and county and community service providers, increase their understanding of youth mental health needs and services. Each session focuses on topics key to providing youth the care and support we all strive to achieve.

Sessions start September 8, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m. via ZOOM, with additional sessions September 15, 22, and 29.

Topics include: “In Our Shoes,” “Accessing Services,” “Special Ed/IEP process,” and “Wraparound Principles.”

Registration information coming soon!


Show your support and become a part of our commitment to improving children’s mental health. Your donation will help Wisconsin families succeed.