Formed in 2009, the Wisconsin Child Abuse Network (WI CAN) is an inter-disciplinary public-private partnership dedicated to improving the accuracy of child abuse investigations and is led by representatives of state departments, community-based organizations, professional associations, along with the state’s medical universities and children’s hospitals.
Why WI CAN?
- Child maltreatment has immediate negative consequences for the child, family and society, and its lifelong impact on physical and mental health is devastating.
- Accurate detection of and effective intervention for all types of child maltreatment require a coordinated inter-disciplinary response by law enforcement and child welfare, usually with input from medical professionals.
- While the law enforcement and child welfare responses are statutorily mandated and funded, the medical response beyond making a mandated report is not.
- WI CAN has created a solution to improve the response to child maltreatment in Wisconsin by increasing access to evidence-based practices, education, and experts from key disciplines.