About Wisconsin Family Ties
Wisconsin Family Ties started with humble beginnings through a meeting of support groups made up of like-minded families from around the state of Wisconsin who were focused on addressing and improving the outlook for their children’s mental health.
Our experiences as parents make us uniquely qualified to support families–without judgment–because we have been there too. With your help, we will continue our mission and grow for years to come.
Changing lives by improving children’s mental health
Our Model of Family-driven Care
Welcoming, Inviting, Perspective-shifting, Listening, Accepting, Never giving up
Family-driven care is supported using fundamentals of the proprietary WI PLAN Model of Family Engagement. Through a collaborative relationship fostered by the parent peer specialist’s commitment to the WI PLAN, positive momentum builds in the home, school, and community.
Our Guiding Principles
Wisconsin Family Ties is guided in our mission by a series of core principles that connect our experiences as parents to the support we provide the families that we serve. It’s that connection and a relentless perseverance that often leads to the level of trust families need to attain the outcomes they desire.
Through a collaborative relationship with parents, one built on trust and common experience, our parent peer specialists make a difference. Simply put, we keep families together.
Percentage of parents note they feel better able to cope with their family situation since connecting with Wisconsin Family Ties
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Percentage of parents indicate that the school understands their child better since connecting with a parent peer specialist
In The Community
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Our Board and Staff
The majority of our board members are parents of children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. They bring a breadth of life and professional experiences to their governance role. Areas of expertise and experience include: advocacy, psychiatry, public and private education, as well as tribal membership.
Our staff works every day to improve children’s mental health in Wisconsin through activities impacting families in local communities to state and national systems. Our parent peer specialists, all of whom have children with needs similar to those of the families we serve, are the heart and soul of Wisconsin Family Ties.
Our process for requesting services
Receiving services from Wisconsin Family Ties starts with a referral. Referral may come from parents, county human services employees, educators, and medical/mental health professionals. If you or someone you know can benefit from the support we provide, know that anyone can make a referral for our services.
Please complete our online Request Services Form or contact our Connection Coordinator today. We will make every effort to reply within two to three business days.
Phone: 608-267-6800, Ext. 1
Consider a Gift to Wisconsin Family Ties
Show your support and become a part of our commitment to improving children’s mental health. Your donation will help Wisconsin families succeed.