Family Advocacy


Families United of Milwaukee, Inc.

Providing Advocacy Services for

Wraparound Milwaukee Youth and Families

Essential to the success of the Wraparound Milwaukee Program are our partnerships with and commitment to empowering and strengthening families. A major component to that partnership is Families United of Milwaukee, Inc. Wraparound Milwaukee contracts with Families United to provide family support and advocacy services, to organize family events and run support groups, to assist conducting family satisfaction surveys, to serve on committees and to assist in training care coordinators, providers, and child welfare staff and to develop and disseminate information and other material about the program to families.

Wraparound Milwaukee and Families United initiated an educational advocacy service in 2003 to help care coordinators and families advocate for the development of appropriate Individual Education Plans (IEP) and secure more public, better school placements for children with serious emotional and mental health needs.

Families United staff consists of a full time Program Director, Educational Advocate, two program assistants and utilization of stipends for additional parent involvement on committees, workgroups and training events.

Families United sponsors:

—Family Orientations

—Holiday Events

—Community Leisure Events

Its representatives also attend committee meetings and help to train new care coordination and provider network staff.

 Margaret Jefferson is the Director of Families United.  She invites parents to call her to find out more about what Families United can do for them!  You can contact her via email at Families United or call her at (414) 344-7777.

Chris Shafer is one of the Educational Advocates with Families United.  She assists care coordinators and families with school issues including placements and obtaining IEPs (Individualized Education Plans).  You can contact her at (414) 257-6799.