DCFS INFO MEMO 2006 - 05 

April 12, 2006

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

To: County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
From: Burnie Bridge
Administrator
Re: Data on Indian Children in Out-of-Home Care and Kinship Care

Over the last several years, there have been questions and issues regarding the purpose and scope of 161 Agreements between counties and tribes, the provision of Title IV-E funds directly to tribes from either the state or federal government, and the level of funding by counties and tribes for the costs of Indian children placed in out-of-home care by tribal and circuit courts. At the request of Secretary Helene Nelson, we are undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the scope of the issue, primarily as it relates to the number of tribal children placed in out-of-home care.

Attached to this memo are forms that I would like to ask each county to complete to assist us in this effort. This will enable the Division of Children and Family Services to develop a more accurate picture of placements of Indian children in counties in which tribal lands are located and in counties where no tribal land is located.

I appreciate your help in this effort. Should you have any questions regarding the forms, please contact your regional staff or Loa Porter in the Bureau of Programs and Policies (608-266-5330 or portell@dhfs.state.wi.us). Thank you very much.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:  Area Administrator
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Loa Porter
DHFS/DCFS/BPP
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-266-5330
E-mail: portell@dhfs.state.wi.us 

 Attachment:
Tribal Survey of County/Human Services Department  
PDF  (27 kb)      WORD (63 kb)

cc:  Area Administrators
Fredi Bove, OSF
Mark Campbell, BPP
Bill Fiss, DCFS
Lynn Gall, OSF/TAO
Judie Hermann, BPP
Mark Mitchell, BPP
Loa Porter, BPP
John Tuohy, OPEP
Diane Waller, OSF/AA
Jim Weber, OSF/TAO

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