Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
        DCFS MEMO SERIES 99-02
        February 3, 1999

         YOUTH 18 YEARS OF AGE
         IN CCI’S & GROUP

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
Child Care Institution Licensees
County Departments of Community Program Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
     Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
DOC/Division of Juvenile Corrections
Direct Services Supervisors
Group Foster Home Licensees
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus

Document Summary

This memo explains the conditions under which a person who is 18 years of age may be allowed placement into a child caring institution group foster home.

 This memo updates the "Aftercare for Youth 18 years of age" memo series DCS 90-36 issued in August of 1990. The 1990 memo addresses placement of 18 year old individuals under juvenile court jurisdiction in child caring institutions (CCIs) and group foster homes.

This memo continues the department policy relative to placing 18 year old individuals under juvenile court jurisdiction into a CCI, Type 2 CCI or group foster home on correctional aftercare placement. These placements may only be made under the following circumstances:

  1. The individual is under an original, extended or serious juvenile offender juvenile delinquency disposition under s. 48.366, 938.34(4h) or 938.355(4)(b), or 938.365, Stats.

  2. Placement of an individual 18 years of age in a CCI is allowed to continue through age 20. There can be no more than four individuals 18 years of age or older in residence at a CCI or Type 2 CCI, including the individual placed, unless the facility is also licensed as a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF).

  3. Placement of an individual in a group foster home may continue through age 18, if participating in a high school or G.E.D. program. Group foster homes may only accept up to two 18 year old placements at any one time.

  4. Facility admissions of individuals 18 years of age into CCI’s or group foster homes will only be approved on a case-by-case basis through the exception request process to the DCFS regional licensing specialist. Bureau of Regulation and Licensing age-span grouping policy of youth in a facility will continue to be a consideration in exception approvals.

Any questions or concerns should be referred as appropriate to your regional licensing chief in the DCFS regional licensing office or to your Division of Juvenile Corrections (DJC) regional supervisor.

Child Welfare Licensing Program
608) 266-0415

Jim Kramlinger
Regional Chief
Division of Juvenile Corrections
(608) 288-3350

cc Regional DJC Supervisor
Jim Kramlinger, DJC
John Ross, DJC
Shelly Hagan, DJC

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