DCFS INFO MEMO 99-17
| December 28,
STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
||Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
County Department of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Program Office Directors/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
||Susan N. Dreyfus
The purpose of this memo is to alert you that there were no substantial changes to the
Kinship Care program in the biennial budget, 1999 Wisconsin Act 9. As you may be aware,
the budget, as passed by the Legislature, included provisions that would have allowed
Kinship Care payments, in certain circumstances, beyond the age of 18. In addition, the
budget, as passed by the Legislature, would have revised the process by which an applicant
for Kinship Care who is denied a payment based on criminal background would appeal that
decision. The budget would have changed that process from review by the agency director or
person designated by the tribal governing body to appeals to the Division of Hearings and
Appeals. Both of these provisions were vetoed by the Governor.
As a result, Kinship Care payments must be terminated when the child turns age 18. If a
person is denied a payment or has a payment terminated as a result of a criminal
background check, the review remains with the agency director or the person designated by
the tribal governing body.
The budget did make changes to Kinship Care allocations. The amount of funding for
Kinship Care benefits was decreased. That decrease has been reflectected in individual
allocations. In addition, we revised individual allocations to reflect actual experience
under Kinship Care rather than AFDC/NLRR.
In addition, as you are aware, there were four allocations for Kinship Care:
assessments and benefits for Kinship Care and for Kinship Care/Foster Care. The latter two
allocations have been folded into Community Aids and counties may, if they choose, simply
add that amount to their regular foster care line.
Finally, Assembly Bill 587 has recently been introduced. This bill would include second
cousins as relatives for purposes of Kinship Care.
- We are revising the paper forms for Kinship Care (CFS-2100 and 2100A) and the electronic
system to reflect the additional data elements required by the final federal regulations
for TANF reporting. Once those changes are made, which we are assuming will be in the near
future, we will supply you with the summary forms we have discussed previously. At that
same time, agencies which have elected to report electronically (by either e-mail or disk)
will begin to report that way.
- A new form, CFS-2147, has been created to capture minimal information on applicants
whose applications are denied. This is also required by federal TANF regulations. That
form will be distributed soon.
- We are still getting monthly reports from many agencies that have no cover memo or note
indicating for what month the reports are being submitted. This, coupled with the fact
that some agencies seem to be submitting completed forms throughout the month as they are
completed, has made it very difficult to determine what is being submitted. That has
resulted in some confusion as to whether or not an agency has submitted a monthly report.
Please indicate what you are submitting and submit all forms for the month as one package.
Thank you for your continuing cooperation and good work with this
|REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:
|CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT:
||Mark S. Mitchell, Manager
Child Welfare Services Section
DHFS/DCFS, P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: (608) 266-2860