The Department of Children and Families and the Department of Health Services are partnering to implement a new program to provide comprehensive, coordinated healthcare to children in out-of-home care (OHC). Care4Kids will begin in the following counties in southeast Wisconsin on January 1, 2014:  Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, and Milwaukee Counties. The state is contracting with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to provide the Care4Kids program in this area of the state.

What is Care4Kids?

  • Care4Kids is a new Medicaid program that provides comprehensive and coordinated health care for children in out-of-home care, in a way that reflects the unique health needs of these children.
  • Care4Kids provides children with primary care physicians who are trained in the needs of children in Out-of-Home Care, and also creates a team of professionals who coordinate care for the child. 
  • Care4Kids will develop a comprehensive health plan for each child that meets the child’s unique needs.

What is the goal of Care4Kids?

This new approach to healthcare will:

  • Strengthen quality of care
  • Increase access to care
  • Improve timeliness of care
  • Improve physical and mental health outcomes for children
  • Promote improved resiliency
  • Create stronger natural support systems for children in Out-of-Home Care

Who is eligible for Care4Kids?

  • Initially, children entering out-of-home care through the child welfare system in Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, and Milwaukee counties.
    • Children already in out-of-home care in these counties will be phased in at a later date
  • Children placed in a Court Ordered Kinship home, a Level 1-5 foster home, or group home located in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington or Waukesha county
  • Initially, any child enrolled in the Milwaukee Wraparound program is not eligible for Care4Kids.

What benefits will children enrolled in Care4Kids receive?

  • An Out-of-Home Care Health Screen within 2 business days of entering care
  • A Comprehensive Initial Health Assessment within 30 days of entering care
  • A mental health evaluation (if needed)
  • All Medicaid-covered benefits
  • Dental and Vision care
  • Ongoing routine check-ups
  • A Health Care Coordinator
  • Preferred access to Child Advocacy Centers and Centers of Excellence
  • A Comprehensive Health Care Plan tailored to the child’s individual health needs
  • Ongoing Health Care for an additional 12 months after discharge from out-of-home care

Additional Care4Kids Resources


Contact Information:

Danielle Brey
Foster Care Program Planner
Department of Children and Families
201 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
Telephone: (608) 422-6929
Fax: (608) 266-0260
Email Address: 

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