Child Welfare License Application Instructions

Group Home, Residential Care Center, Shelter Care, Child Placing Agency

 

Providing care to Wisconsin’s children is a valuable service to families and the community. In an effort to assist those persons interested in starting a licensed program, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has provided the following guidance for each facility type:

Group Home

  • Review Wisconsin Administrative Code DCF 57 to ensure that your facility will be able to meet the requirements.
  • Before an application may be requested by an individual interested in opening a Group Home, a Needs Determination Application must be submitted to and approved by the Child Welfare Program Specialist. The Program Specialist will issue a letter regarding the Department’s decision.
  • Once a letter indicating approval of the Needs Determination has been received, an application may be requested.

Residential Care Centers for Children and Youth

  • Review Wisconsin Administrative Code DCF 52 to ensure that your facility will be able to meet the requirements.
  • Before an application may be requested by an individual interested in opening a Residential Care Center, a Needs Determination Application must be submitted to the Child Welfare Program Specialist.
  • Once the Needs Determination Application has been submitted, an initial application packet may be requested.

Shelter Care

Child Welfare Licensing
DCF/DSP - Room E200
PO Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708

Child Placing Agency

Child Welfare Licensing
DCF/DSP - Room E200
PO Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708

Review and complete the application

  • Once your application has been received, carefully review all materials.
  • Complete the application and gather ALL supporting documents.
  • Submit all materials to the department as directed in the application packet.
  • Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by the Child Welfare Licensing staff and you will be contacted about the next steps in the process.
  • Any questions regarding this process may be sent to DCFCWLR@wisconsin.gov

License Continuation

Child Welfare Licenses are non-expiring but need to be continued every 2 years.  Facilities are notified by email when continuation materials are available on the Provider Information Exchange (PIE).  Materials must be completed and submitted to PIE 30 days prior to continuation.