Children, Youth and Families

Joining Forces for Families (JFF)

Joining Forces for Families (JFF) is a voluntary, community-based, supportive service that helps families address their basic human needs. By quickly linking clients to resources, JFF often keeps families stable and deflects them away from costly formal system interventions.

The JFF program encourages cooperation between agencies in caring for families. JFF uses the combined talents and resources of the Dane County Human Services Department, public health, county and local law enforcement agencies, school districts, human services organizations, and residents to support the success of children, youth and families in home, school and the community.

General Eligibility

Services are available to all Dane County residents. JFF is a voluntary service.

How to Apply

JFF has 25 teams involving staff from a variety of organizations delivering services at 15 site locations around Dane County. Then call or visit your local JFF office. If you have any questions as to which JFF area you live within, please call (608) 242-6388.

Services

The following services may be available in your community:

  • Family support services
  • Public Health services
  • Employment services
  • Food resources
  • Housing resources
  • Family and youth resources
  • Legal services
  • AODA services
  • Child Care benefits
  • MA/Food Stamps/Health benefits
  • Clothing resources
  • Mental Health resources
  • Bilingual services in Spanish

Cost

There is no cost for Joining Forces for Families.

Contact

Ron Chance, Community Programs Manager
Dane County Department of Human Services
Children, Youth and Families Division
1202 Northport Drive
Madison WI 53704
Phone: (608) 242-6325

David Marshall, Human Services Program Specialist
Dane County Department of Human Services
Children, Youth and Families Division
1202 Northport Drive Madison WI 53704
Phone: (608) 242-6388