Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire, inform, and support children and families touched by foster care, adoption, or kinship care. We are committed to a vision of life-long permanence for all children and youth by engaging and encouraging resilient individuals and families to create and maintain a healthy and stable environment in which children and youth can thrive and grow.

Our History

The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families, Inc. (the Coalition) was founded in 1984 by parents concerned about children waiting for adoptive homes. Today, we are a trusted and continuing presence through every stage of a family’s foster care, kinship, or adoption experience. We are an advocate for strong children and families, a coach for helping foster and adoptive families achieve resilience, and a leader in supporting families, parents, and professionals touched by foster care or adoption.

Our programs utilize innovative, technology-driven approaches to

  • inspire more Wisconsin families to consider foster care and adoption
  • provide in-depth informational articles on a variety of topics relating to foster care, adoption, kinship, and caring for children
  • offer a host of opportunities for parents to be lifelong learners on how best to meet the needs of the children in their care

From children, families, and caseworkers, to agencies, advocates, and policymakers, there are a lot of parties involved with the child welfare ecosystem. Whether a parent faces an urgent need for resources, a supportive peer, or trustworthy tips to help care for the children in their home, or policymakers need vetted and authoritative information, the Coalition helps to balance the needs and interests of all those involved.

Our Core Values

We are dedicated to the success and excellence of the agency mission and will work to put the mission before our own ego and comfort by:

  • Knowing, growing, and using our talents, abilities, and skills in the best way possible
  • Engaging in collaborative, cooperative, and collective decision making for the good of the organization
  • Using resources—both time and money—wisely as we work to advance our mission
  • Embracing the power of shared success versus individual achievement
  • Prioritizing information sharing

We believe in practicing generosity to all (ourselves, our peers, managers, board members, and clients) by:

  • First assuming positive intent
  • Asking for clarification
  • Compassionately listening to each other
  • Honoring our feelings and those of others remembering that emotions are often temporary
  • Working to create shared understanding/meaning on behalf of the mission

We believe in practicing accountability for our own actions and decisions by:

  • Acknowledging and knowing our individual talents, skills, and specific work responsibilities
  • Actively seeking clarification when we are unclear about expectations no matter how small or large
  • Actively taking ownership of our mistakes and making amends as needed
  • Actively accepting feedback and owning our emotional responses
  • Offering solutions regardless of the outcome or response of another

We believe that, despite obstacles and challenges, there is always a new opportunity to expand the impact of our mission and we actively practice this by:

  • Maintaining a positive spirit in the face of adversity
  • Knowing that some battles need to be lost to reach higher goals
  • Practicing resilience and grace in the face of disappointment
  • Cultivating and sharing stories of success internally and externally
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Working in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families

Non Discrimination Policy
The Coalition for Children, Youth & Families respects the value and dignity of every individual and serves our clients without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, or economic level.

This policy also applies to employment practice, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, and dealings with the general public.