Wisconsin Family Ties

Wisconsin Family Ties

Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT)

Changing Lives, One Family at a Time

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 .

Our statewide network of highly-trained parent peer specialists provides assistance across domains

Mark your calendar!  On March 2, 2021, WFT will participate in ‘THE BIG SHARE” with Wisconsin Community Shares. Your gift will help us hire more Parent Peer Specialists and serve more Wisconsin families. We have two weeks until The Big Share. No gift is too small!

In the Community  Parent peer specialists help parents better understand and navigate local services and supports.  They teach parents collaboration strategies to build stronger working relationships with providers.

At School  Parent peer specialists act as an objective liaison between families, schools, case managers and service providers, working to ensure that school plans are effective and appropriate.

At Home  Parents peer specialists help families identify strategies they can use to reduce conflict and encourage prosocial behavior.  We offer hope and encouragement in challenging times, help to prevent crises, and provide telephone support at times other service are unavailable.

Wisconsin Family Ties
16 N Carroll St, Ste 230,  | Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Question? Email us at info@wifamilyties.org or call (608) 267-6800

Find out more about us on our webpage at https://www.wifamilyties.org/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wisconsinfamilyties/

Birth to 3 Program Services

Birth to 3 Program Services


While families across Wisconsin face uncertainties during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, young children with delays or disabilities are still in need of support. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Birth to 3 Program is here to support children and their families through this public health emergency.

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We are here to support you. The Birth to 3 Program is here to help children grow and learn to their fullest potential. DHS and local county Birth to 3 Programs continue to provide services to children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local Birth to 3 Programs are working with families to come up with creative ways to stay in touch to continue, or start, services. Even when in-person contact isn’t possible, services are being delivered over the phone and through video and web based applications and platforms.

We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our members and participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. To stay informed about the latest program updates, limitations to in-person contacts, general COVID-19 resources, and more, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/birthto3/index.htm

Nov 11 – National Parents as Teachers Day!

Nov 11 – National Parents as Teachers Day!


Take some time to teach your children something new!

Use #ParentsAsTeachersDay to post on social media!

National Parents as Teachers (PAT) Day is being observed on November 11, 2019. On this day, the Parents as Teachers Organization offers educational services to parents across the country. Every day, the PAT affiliates give parents of young children support and provide information so all children learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential.

Parents as Teachers is celebrating 35 years of building strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The concept for Parents as Teachers developed in the 1970’s when Missouri educators noted that children were beginning kindergarten with varying levels of school readiness. Research showed that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child’s development of learning skills, including reading and writing.


Lakeshore CAP offers family-focused services to expectant mothers/parents and families with new babies in Manitowoc County. Children who have nurturing, healthy and supportive experiences in their early years are much better prepared to succeed in school and life. Parent Educators work around your schedule and address issues such as:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Positive parenting practices
  • Safe home environments
  • Discipline
  • Community resources
  • Access to services

Weekly home visits provide individuals and families with educational information and parent-child activities to support parents as their child’s first and most important teacher! As part of the program, monthly group activities give families a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents with children of similar ages. Following a community partner referral or a self-referral, a Parent Educator will contact you to determine if you are eligible and if the program is a good fit for your family.

Please see our web page at https://lakeshorecap.org/pat-home-visiting/ where you’ll find a calendar of Manitowoc area events, simple activities for children and a listing of our Parent Café dates — or call 920-682-3737 to be put in touch with a Parent Educator for more information.