Milwaukee County Child Protective Services (MCPS)

Providing Group Home Services 



Information for Group Homes now contracted with MCPS

Registration and contracting with MCPS for new and existing Group Homes

You must be licensed as a Group Home for placement of youth under a Child in Need of Protection and Services (CHIPS) order before approaching the Milwaukee Child Protective Services (MCPS to request a contract. More information can be obtained from the Bureau of Permanency and Out-of-Home Care Child Welfare Licensing Section's web site.

The Milwaukee Child Protective Services (MCPS) requires that licensed group homes used as placement options for children in MCPS' care must be registered with MCPS and contracted with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). This is an open process: any newly licensed group home, or existing group home not currently under contract, may submit a registration packet to MCPS at any time during the year. For group homes currently under contract, a registration packet must be submitted annually and is due no later than October 1st each calendar year. A link to the registration check list and facility information form is below.

  • Group Home Program Requirements for contracting with MCPS
  • Group Home Financial Report: This is no longer needed by the MCPS. This information is now required by the Department of Children and Families on an annual basis for rate regulation. You will receive more information about financial reporting during the licensing process.
  • Group Home Registration Packet and Checklist (Form 2501): (Download the form and use the Tab key to move from field to field.)

It is important that you submit a completed packet with all the required materials to avoid delaying the registration and contracting process. Following a satisfactory paper review, a site visit may be scheduled by the MCPS' program evaluation manager for out-of-home care. Only those group homes that meet the minimum requirements will be eligible to receive a DCF contract and MCPS placements.

Please note: Although a contract may be granted, MCPS does not guarantee the placement of children within any facility. All placements are determined based on the specific needs of the child.

If you have questions, please send an email to:

Completed Packets are to be submitted to:
Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services
635 N. 26th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1803