Child Welfare Desk Guides

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Below is a list of all desk guides available digitally to support child welfare professionals in navigating policy or practice. These desk guides can also be ordered, free of charge, and delivered to you through the Wisconsin Document Sales Website

Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) Desk Guide
This is a desk guide for congregate care providers which explains the Family First Prevention Services Act requirements for a Qualified Residential Treatment Program.

Administrative Review Panel Member Guide
This guide is for admin panel members to assist them when they are participating in a permanency review.

Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Desk Guide
This guide assists child welfare professionals when performing CANS assessments. This guide summarizes the assessment and requirements.

Tailored Dispositional Conditions for Return Desk Guide
This guide is to assist child welfare professionals when creating court conditions for families involved in the child welfare system.

Safe at Home Desk Guide
This guide provides guidance for child welfare professionals regarding working with a child, family, or out-of-home care provider who is enrolled in the Wisconsin Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program (“Safe at Home”).

Level of Care Desk Guide
The Foster Home Levels of Care Desk Guide provides foster parents and foster home licensing professionals an overview of the different levels of foster care in Wisconsin; and the different training, experience, qualifications and references required for an individual to be licensed at a certain level.  It also provide guidance on respite requirements and contact requirements with the foster parent and the foster child based upon each level of licensure.

Subsidized Guardianship Desk Guide
The purpose of this desk guide is to provide an overview of the eligibility criteria for subsidized guardianship payments and the process for creating and maintaining subsidized guardianship agreements.

ICPC Reg 1, 2, & 7 Desk Guide
Synopsis: The ICPC Reg 1, 2, & 7 Desk Guide provides child welfare agencies with workflow details, required documents, and agency responsibilities regarding the placement of children in parent and relative placements, license foster or approved kinship homes, and placement preliminary to adoption. Wisconsin functions as the receiving state when children who reside in another state are placed in a home in Wisconsin. Wisconsin functions as the sending state when children who reside in Wisconsin are placed in a home in another state. The desk guide. 

ICPC Reg 4 Desk Guide
Synopsis: The ICPC Reg 4 Desk Guide provides child welfare agencies with workflow details, required documents, and agency responsibilities regarding the placement of children in residential care centers (RCCs). Wisconsin functions as the receiving state when children who reside in another state are placed at a RCC in Wisconsin. Wisconsin functions as the sending state when children who reside in Wisconsin are placed at a RCC in another state. The desk guide provides workflow details, required documents, and agency responsibilities. 

Collecting Race and Ethnicity Data in Child Welfare Desk Guide
This Desk Guide will support Child Welfare Professionals in preparing to discuss with families and youth the collection and use of race and ethnicity data and allowing individuals to self-identify their demographic information.