Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Child Welfare Facility Licensing

For Group Home, Residential Care Center For Children and Youth, Shelter Care, & Child Placing Agency

The Department of Children and Families (DCF), is responsible for licensing and monitoring child welfare agencies, to include Child Placing Agencies and Residential Care Centers for Children and Youth. In addition, DCF licenses Group Homes and Shelter Care Facilities serving children and youth throughout the state. DCF ensures that licensing requirements are met through ongoing inspection of licensed agencies.

Group Homes

Residential Care Centers

Shelter Care Facilities

  • Facilities that provide short-term, non-secure residential care of children pending court action, children placed under a voluntary placement agreement, and/or children in need of respite services.
  • Licensed by DCF under Wisconsin Administrative Code DCF 59.

Child Placing Agencies

Filing a Complaint

A complaint about a child welfare facility may be made to DCFCWLR@wisconsin.gov. Complainant should try to provide as much detail regarding the complaint as possible. Once a complaint is received , the complaint will be assigned to a Licensing Specialist  who will investigate the complaint.

 

Directories and Dashboards of Licensed Child Welfare Agencies, Group Homes and Shelter Care Facilities

Lists of licensed child welfare programs throughout the state are provided below. The lists are offered in Microsoft Excel and Adobe PDF. The lists are separated by license type and are updated monthly.

Group homes, residential care centers, and child placing agencies have a Performance Based Measures (PBM) dashboard. These dashboards provide performance information for each facility in the state and are updated yearly. Each tab contains:

  • the directories
  • a link to the descriptions of the performance measures
  • the dashboard for the facility type

Child welfare providers with questions about data shown in their directory listing should contact DCFCWLR@wisconsin.gov .

Facilities operating to provide 24-hour care for 5-8 children or youth.

Dashboard

Provider (PBM) Dashboard Series

Group Home Performance Based Measures Dashboard

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Child welfare agencies that provide residential care and treatment for children, youth and young adults.

Dashboard

Provider (PBM) Dashboard Series

Residential Care Center Performance Based Measures Dashboard

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Facilities that provide short-term, non-secure residential care of children pending court action, children placed under a voluntary placement agreement, and/or children in need of respite services.

Dashboard

There is not a dashboard for Shelter Care facilities

Child welfare agencies licensed to place children in foster and adoptive homes, as well as group homes, when applicable.

Dashboard

Provider (PBM) Dashboard Series

Child Placing Agency Performance Based Measures Dashboard

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