This memo explains the conditions by which a person under Wisconsin extended juvenile court jurisdiction who is 18, 19 or 20 years of age may be allowed placement into a child caring institution or if 18 years of age into a group foster home until reaching age 19.
This memo clarifies DCFS Memo Series 99-02 issued February 3, 1999 and applies only to programs licensed to serve Wisconsin juvenile delinquent/status offender or correctional youth target groups. The memo addresses placement of 18 , 19 or 20 year old individuals under Wisconsin juvenile court jurisdiction into child caring institutions (CCIs) and 18 year old individuals under juvenile court jurisdiction into group foster homes.
This memo continues the department policy relative to placing an 18, 19 or 20 year old individual under Wisconsin juvenile court jurisdiction into a CCI, Type 2 CCI or an 18 year old individual under juvenile court jurisdiction into a group foster home on correctional aftercare placement. These placements may only be made under the following circumstances:
Placement of an individual 18, 19 or 20 years of age into a CCI or Type 2 CCI is allowed to continue through age 20. The CCI must plan for the individuals discharge prior to his or her 21st birthday.
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).
Placement of an 18 year old Wisconsin youth into a group foster home may continue through age 18 up until age 19 as part of a correctional aftercare placement.
The group home must plan for the individuals discharge prior to his or her 19th birthday. Group foster homes may only accept up to two 18 year old placements at any one time.
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.