1881 – Wisconsin Council on Children and Families Created

On Feb. 10-11, 1881, the state Board of Charities and Reform met to establish a private-sector counterpart, the Wisconsin Conference on Charities and Corrections. This was the first statewide child advocacy agency established in the country and is still working today, as the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. This private, non-profit, non-partisan statewide organization focuses its work on improving conditions for families and children through policy change, expanded public investments and public education that lead to improvements in the delivery of publicly funded health care, education, workforce development and social services. [Source: Coberly, Lenore. 100 Years of Caring (Madison, 1982); ]