DCFS INFO MEMO 99-09

           October 26, 1999

STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services 

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Department of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
   Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Program Office Directors/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan Dreyfus
Administrator
Re: Federal Child Welfare Outcomes and Measures

 This memo is to alert you to the new federal child welfare outcome measures. It would be safe to assume that in the near future federal funding to states will be based in some manner on each state’s achievement of these outcomes.

Attached you will find the outcome measures as printed in the Federal Register. Also attached is applicable data from Wisconsin and, in the aggregate, all states. In short, the outcome measures are the following:

  1. Reduce recurrence of child abuse and/or neglect (Of all children who were victims of substantiated child abuse and/or neglect during the reporting period, what percentage had another substantiated report within a 12-month period?)

  2. Reduce the incidence of child abuse and/or neglect in out-of-home care (Of all children who were in out-of-home care during the reporting period, what percentage was the subject of substantiated maltreatment by a foster parent or facility staff?)

  3. Increase permanency for children in out-of-home care
  1. For all children who exited the child welfare system, what percentage left either to reunification, adoption or legal guardianship?

  2. For children who exited the system and were identified as having a diagnosed disability, what percentage left either to reunification, adoption or legal guardianship?

  3. For children who exited the system and were age 12 or older at the time of their most recent entry into care, what percentage left either to reunification, adoption or legal guardianship?

  4. For all children who exited the system, what percentage by racial/ethnic category left either to reunification, adoption or legal guardianship?

  5. Of all children exiting the system to emancipation, what percentage was age 12 or younger at the time of entry into care?
  1.  Reduce time in out-of-home care to reunification without increasing re-entry
  1. Of all children who were reunified with their parents or caretakers at the time of discharge from out-of-home care, what percentage was reunified in the following time periods (less than 12 months from the time of latest removal from home, at least 12 months but less than 24 months, at least 24 months but less than 36 months, at least 36 months but less than 48 months, 48 or more months)

  2. Of all children who entered out-of-home care during the reporting period, what percentage re-entered care within 12 months of a prior out-of-home care episode?
  1. Reduce time in out-of-home care to adoption
  1. Of all children who exited care to a finalized adoption, what percentage exited care in the following time periods (same as 4.a. above)

  2. Of all children who exited care to a finalized adoption and who were age 3 or older at the time of entry into care, what percentage exited care during the following time periods (same as 4.a. above)
  1. Increase placement stability (Of all children served who had been in care for the specified time periods (same as 4.a. above), what percentage had no more than two placement settings during that time period?)

  2. Reduce placements of young children in group homes or institutions (For all children who entered care during the reporting period and were age 12 or younger at the time of their most recent placement, what percentage was placed in a group home or an institution)

Our reporting to the federal government on these outcomes will be based on information provided to us through HSRS and, subsequently, WiSACWIS. It is therefore critical that this information be accurate and timely.

We will be providing you with more information on these performance outcomes in the near future as it becomes available. Thanks very much for your continued good work in assuring that outcomes for children are positive and permanent.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT: Area Administrator
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Mark S. Mitchell, Manager
Child Welfare Services Section
DHFS/DCFS/BPP
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: (608) 266-2860
FAX: 608-264-6750
e-mail: mitchms@dhfs.state.wi.us

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