Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
DCFS Memo Series 2000-04
February 23, 2000

Re:  Exceptions to Foster
       Home and Treatment
       Foster Home Rules
To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
     Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs/Program Office Directors
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus

As you are aware, licensing agencies may grant exceptions to certain parts of both the Foster Care Licensing Rule (Ch. HSS 56) and the Treatment Foster Care Licensing Rule (Ch. HFS 38). Under the treatment foster care rule, this Department may grant an exception to any part of the rule for which the licensing agency may not grant an exception. We are in the process of revising the foster care rule to allow for this same exception authority.

Attached is a form (CFS-847) to be used when requesting an exception to the treatment foster care rule. Once the revisions to the foster care rule are promulgated, this same form will be used to request exceptions to that rule. Please note that this Department will not entertain a request for an exception if the licensing agency is opposed to that exception.

When requesting an exception to the treatment foster care rule for the specific purpose of allowing shift-staffing, both the form and the following information should be provided:

  1. Program description for the treatment foster care program

  2. Admission criteria or eligibility criteria for the treatment foster care program

  3. Statement of why the children for the program cannot be better served in a more family-oriented setting

The applicant/foster parent and the licensing agency should complete their respective parts of the form and the form should be sent to the address at the bottom of the form. Please allow 10 working days for the Department to respond to the request. If a shorter response time is necessary, please indicate that when the form is submitted.

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Mark S. Mitchell, Manager
Child Welfare Services Section
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone:  (608) 266-2860
FAX:    (608) 264-6750


Application to DHFS Exceptions Panel for Exemption to Ch. HFS 56 or Ch. HFS 38.

cc: County Foster Care Coordinators
Directors, Private Child Welfare Agencies

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