My Child Has Been Arrested. What Happens Now?
The Milwaukee County DHHS Division of Youth & Family Services can walk you through the process.
The Final Disposition Process
How Does DYFS Help?
The Milwaukee County DHHD Division of Youth & Family Services helps youth involved in the justice system, and community safety, by providing a broad spectrum of programs and services for youth before, during and after involvement in the justice system.
DYFS services focusing on both prevention (pre-arrest) and early intervention (post-arrest, pre-disposition), including working with the whole family, are key to having at-risk youth advance into pro-social, successful adults.
These programs and services include:
- Capias Abatement
- Community Accountability Panels
- Community Connections
- Evening Report Center (ERC)
- In-Home GPS Monitoring
- Juvenile Education Treatment Initiatives (JETI)
- Shelter Care Program
- Supervision Engagement Program (SEP)
- Youth Employment Program
- Youth Mentoring Program
Once a judge has reached a final decision on how best to help a youth who has gotten involved in the justice system, DYFS is there to provide interventional (post-disposition) programming to help a youth move to the next step in their life, and make it a positive one. These programs focus on the youth, and often times, provide support to the family as well. These include:
- Alternative Sanctions Program (ASP)
- Community Service & Restitution Coordination (CRSC)
- FOCUS Program
- Group Home and Foster Care
- Level II Program with Optional GPS Monitoring
- Restorative Justice Programs
- Targeted Monitoring Program
- True Aftercare Program
- Wraparound Milwaukee
- Youth & Family Services Network Programs
Once a youth has completed his or her intervention program, our work is not done. Making sure youth re-enter society with the tools and abilities to avoid the circumstances that led to their initial involvement with the justice system is what keeps Milwaukee County safe, and our youth successful.
DYFS has created a Youth Advocates team, consisting of a group of six human service workers, that supports youth who have been placed in Wisconsin Department of Corrections facilities. Their primary goals are to supervise, advocate for, and support this special population of youth and their families.
Credible Messenger Program
Credible Messengers is mentoring for youth in the Youth Justice System and youth in the community who may be at risk. This transformative process through which individuals from similar backgrounds, including men and women who themselves may have been justice-involved, engage youth in structured and intentional relationships and activities, provide a positive platform for youth engagement & community voice; and change agents for racial equity and policy on issues that plague the youth, families and community.
Credible Messenger Brochure
Program Launch Press Release
Brown, Dane, Milwaukee and Racine counties have submitted applications to build detention facilities for less-serious juvenile offenders...
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by: Corri Hess - Wisconsin Public Radio
With the closure of Wisconsin’s troubled youth prisons delayed, Milwaukee County has submitted a new proposal to state officials to bring the youth housed there home sooner...
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by: Riley Vetterkind - WiscNews
Although it’s twice what lawmakers initially proposed, the $80 million set aside in the state’s two-year budget for counties to build new juvenile treatment centers may still not be enough to complete the juvenile justice overhaul state lawmakers had envisioned...
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