Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

Information for Supervised Independent Living
Placement Agencies

Scope of Services for agencies currently contracted with BMCW.
Registration form for new and currently contracted agencies.

Working with BMCW

The Supervised Independent Living Placement is a structured, yet independent, living environment for those youth needing placement and assistance with developing skills required to live on their own. Youth are given the opportunity to experience independent living without the burden of having to provide for themselves.

The contracted agency’s Independent Living specialists will initiate daily contact with youth living in local apartments. These living units are secured by the agency and the client. The apartments are to be close to the local schools and bus line.  Youth reside in one-bedroom apartments that are furnished by the agency. Youth will be provided security deposits, monthly rent, gas, electric, telephone service, transportation and food and laundry expenses. These benefits are in place for the duration of their time in the Supervised Independent Living Placement. When a youth in supervised independent living ages out of care, he or she retains the apartment.

Registration requirements

  • The agency cannot have had any DCF license or contract revoked and/or cancelled due to financial or programmatic non-compliance within the last 5 years.

  • The agency will complete background checks on all employees who will have direct contact with children in a Supervised Independent Living Placement. Any individuals with the following convictions will be barred from having any direct contact with all children in this program. Those barred convictions include: felony child abuse or neglect (including if he or she has a registry record of substantiated or founded child abuse or neglect), spousal abuse, a crime against children including child pornography; a crime of violence including rape, sexual assault, or homicide, arson, kidnapping, illegal use of weapons or explosives, fraud, forgery or property crimes such as burglary and robbery; or has been convicted of physical assault and battery. Individuals will also be disqualified if convicted of a drug-related offense within the past 5 years.

  • Will maintain a listing of current rental companies and/or landlords with which an agreement or understanding to place BMCW children has been made.

This is an open procurement process: Any new agency, or existing agency not currently under contract, may submit a registration package at any time during the year. For agencies currently serving the BMCW, a registration package must be submitted annually and is due no later than the first of November each calendar year. The link to the BMCW's registration form is listed above.

The review of the registration package is rigorous and encompasses an analysis of the center’s business and organizational capacity, finances, audit compliance, and programming for residents. It is important that you submit all the required materials to avoid delay in processing. Only those agencies that meet the BMCW's minimum requirements will be eligible to contract and receive BMCW placements.

Agencies that have been determined eligible will receive a one-year contract with the term running from January 1 through December 31. Each agency is required to re-register on an annual basis in order to receive a contract in any subsequent year.

If you are interested in receiving a contract for Supervised Independent Living Placement, please complete registration and submit to:

Roger Phillips, Fiscal PEM
Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
635 North 26th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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

If you have questions about this process and its requirements, please contact:

 Last Revised: March 04, 2014

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