Milwaukee Child Protective Services (MCPS)

Information for Agencies Providing Level 3-4 Foster Care

Information for Child Placing Agencies (CPAs) now contracted with MCPS  family-boardgame.jpg

You must be licensed as a Child Placing Agency (CPA) for placement of children 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; Out-of-Home Care Child Welfare Licensing;web site or by called 608-266-8946.

The Milwaukee Child Protective Services (MCPS) requires that CPAs 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 CPA, or existing CPA not currently under contract, may submit a registration packet to MCPS at any time during the year. For CPAs currently under contract, a registration packet must be submitted annually and is due no later than October 15th each calendar year. A link to the registration check list and facility information form is below.

  • Level 3-4 Foster Care Scope of Service requirements for contracting with MCPS
  • 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.
  • Registration Packet and Checklist (Form 2583): (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 CPAs 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.

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

If you have questions, please send an email to: