Agency Overview​​

The Prevention Board was created by the Legislature in 1983 as the lead state agency on child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in Wisconsin. The agency’s work is grounded in the strengths-based Protective Factors Framework utilizing a public health approach which incorporates a continuum of prevention strategies to strengthen families. The Prevention Board promotes and supports community-based, family-centered strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect while strengthening family protective factors.

Through the Celebrate Children Foundation​, a nonprofit fundraising entity created by the Prevention Board, resources are leveraged to further advance prevention efforts.


Mobilize research and practices to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families in Wisconsin.


Every child in Wisconsin grows up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment.

Prim​ary Goal

​​ Prevent first time occurrences of child abuse and neglect across Wisconsin utilizing strategies that are equitable and inclusive of all rural, suburban and urban communities and residents.​