STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
          DCFS Memo Series 2005 - 10
         October 26, 2005

    Re:  CASEWORKER-PARENT/FAMILY
           FACE-TO-FACE CONTACT FOR
           CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
           CASES

 

To:  Area Administrators/Human Services Area Coordinators
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
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Burnie Bridge
Administrator

As you are aware, Wisconsin's Program Enhancement Plan (PEP), developed in response to the federal Child and Family Services Review, includes action steps related to effectively and appropriately guiding caseworkers in assessing and responding to the needs of children, parents, and foster parents. One aspect of those action steps is the creation of a policy related to caseworker-parent/family face-to-face contact.

Attached to this memo is the new policy on face-to-face contact. This is an interim policy that provides standards and supplemental information to caseworkers to assist in providing face-to-face contact with children and families. This policy will be incorporated at a later date into the Child Protective Services Ongoing Standards. This policy is regarded as interim because it is subject to change based on the revisions to the Standards.

This new policy becomes effective on January 31, 2006.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:  Area Administrator
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Nicole Grice
Child Protective Services Specialist
Child Protective Services & Family
    Violence Section
DHFS/DCFS/BPP
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-261-8304
E-Mail: gricena@dhfs.state.wi.us 

 Attachment:
Face- to- Face Contacts with Children & Families Following the Initiation of Ongoing Services (PDF, 31 kb)

cc: County CPS Supervisors
County Foster Care Coordinators
Directors, Private Child Placing Agencies
Indian Child Welfare Contact Persons

 


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