Policymakers need to address child protective services. That recommendation from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families . The group's Charity Eleson notes that child welfare is a responsibility of the state's 72 counties, but funding from Madison and Washington has remained flat. Eleson says, were it not those local property taxpayers, the system would "be in much more dire straits." A new report from the Eleson's group recommends that the governor and legislative leaders convene a commission, to examine the state's current method of funding child protective services.