Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

Providing Group Home Services

The current number of group homes for Milwaukee County youth in foster care adequately meets the needs of the BMCW. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

Information for Group Homes now contracted with BMCW

Registration and contracting with BMCW for new and existing Group Homes

You must be licensed as a Group Home for placement of youth under a Child in Need of Protection and Services (CHIPS) order before approaching the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW to request a contract. More information can be obtained from the Bureau of Permanency and Out-of-Home Care Child Welfare Licensing Section's web site or by called 608-266-8946.

The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) requires that licensed group homes used as placement options for children in BMCW’s care must be registered with BMCW and contracted with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). This is an open process: any newly licensed group home, or existing group home not currently under contract, may submit a registration packet to BMCW at any time during the year. For group homes currently under contract, a registration packet must be submitted annually and is due no later than October 1st each calendar year. A link to the registration check list and facility information form is below.

  • Group Home Program Requirements for contracting with BMCW
  • Group Home Financial Report: This is no longer needed by the BMCW. This information is now required by the Department of Children and Families on an annual basis for rate regulation. You will receive more information about financial reporting during the licensing process.
  • Group Home Registration Packet and Checklist (Revised April 3, 2013): (Download the form and use the Tab key to move from field to field.)

It is important that you submit a completed packet with all the required materials to avoid delaying the registration and contracting process. Following a satisfactory paper review, a site visit may be scheduled by the BMCW’s program evaluation manager for out-of-home care. Only those group homes that meet the minimum requirements will be eligible to receive a DCF contract and BMCW placements.

Please note: Although a contract may be granted, BMCW does not guarantee the placement of children within any facility. All placements are determined based on the specific needs of the child.

If you have questions, please contact any one of the individuals listed below:
Policy and Program Analyst James Kania: Phone 414-343-5718 or e-mail james.kania@wisconsin.gov
Fiscal Program Evaluation Manager Roger Phillips: Phone 414-343-5724 or e-mail roger.phillips@wisconsin.gov
Fiscal Program Evaluation Manager Terri Powless: Phone 414-343-5723 or e-mail theresa.powless@wisconsin.gov

Completed Packets are to be submitted to:
Roger Phillips
Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
635 N. 26th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1803

Last Revised: August 23, 2013


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