|STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
MEMO SERIES DCFS 98-15
October 26, 1998
Re: LONG-TERM KINSHIP CARE
||Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
County Departments of Community Program Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Direct Services Supervisors
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
||Susan N. Dreyfus
This memo describes the eligibility requirements for the new Long-Term Kinship Care
Program and is accompanied by the new law.
1997 Wisconsin Act 105 creates a "Long-Term Kinship Care Program" which is
essentially an extension of the Kinship Care Program created under s.48.57(3m), Stats. The
statutory authority for the new program is found at s.48.57(3n) [attached].
The essentials of this new program are that an agency (county department, tribe or the
Department in Milwaukee County) may make a Long-Term Kinship Care payment to a relative if
the following criteria are met:
- The relative is a guardian of the child under s.48.977(2), Stats.
- The agency inspects the relatives home, interviews the relative and finds that a
long-term placement with the relative would be in the childs best interests.
- A criminal background check of the relative, other adult residents of the home or
employes or prospective employes indicates no convictions for offenses that would
adversely affect the child. (Note: This is a reduced standard from the current Kinship
- The relative indicates that he or she has no arrests or convictions which would
adversely affect the child and the relative indicates that, to the best of his or her
knowledge, none of the other individuals identified in #3 have any such arrests or
- The relative cooperates with the agency in the application process.
- The relative is not receiving a Kinship Care or foster care payment for the child (this
simply means that the relative cannot receive a "regular" Kinship Care payment
or foster care payment and a Long-Term Kinship Care payment at the same time for
the same child).
- The child is not receiving SSI.
- The relative and the agency enter into a written agreement indicating that the relative
will provide long-term care for the child and that the agency will make Kinship Care
payments until the earliest of the following:
- The child turns 18.
- The child dies.
- The child is placed outside the relatives home by court order or voluntary
placement agreement under s.48.63, Stats.
- The child no longer resides with the relative.
- The guardianship under s.48.977 is terminated.
- The child moves out of state.
The agency must enter into a written agreement with the relative if items
#1 - #7 are met and the relative expresses a willingness to enter into the agreement.
Essentially all of the other requirements of the "regular" Kinship Care
Program (e.g., referral of parent to child support, application for the child for Medical
Assistance) also apply to Long-Term Kinship Care.
The payment under the Long-Term Kinship Care Program is the same as Kinship Care (i.e.,
$215 per month).
While no additional funding has been appropriated for this program, there should not be
a fiscal impact because most individuals eligible for a Long-Term Kinship Care payment
would already be eligible for Kinship Care.
|REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:
|CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT
||Mark S. Mitchell, Manager
Child Welfare Services Section
Bureau of Programs and Policies
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916