Wisconsin Family Ties is a statewide, parent-run, non-profit organization working with families whose children have social, emotional, or behavioral challenges.
Children and adolescents with mental health challenges are the most under-served disability group. Approximately 12 percent of children under 18 nationwide, 7.5 to 9.5 million suffer from challenges that warrant mental health treatment. However, 70 to 80 percent of these children get inappropriate mental health services or no help at all. And, perhaps more unfortunate, is the stigma associated with having a child with social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Parents may blame themselves and may be too embarrassed to discuss the possibility of a mental disorder with an outside source.
There are no simple answers. But that is why we are here to ease the frustration of finding help. We are a statewide not-for-profit organization run by families for families that include children and adolescents who have social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Today, thousands of families turn to us. We help parents develop skills necessary to advocate for their families and children.
Wisconsin Family Ties continues to be run by families and is the only resource and support agency of its kind in Wisconsin. We know what you're going through. We're here to help empower you to find the level of care you feel your child needs.
We have Parent Peer Specialists throughout the state who can help parents learn to advocate for their children and themselves. We can assist families in navigating systems and locating resources. In some situations, we can provide support at school meetings such as IEPs. We also provide a variety of educational opportunities to families and professionals alike. In addition, we advocate for all families at local and state levels.
Wisconsin Family Ties can guide you through the steps you may need to take -without judgment because we've been there too.