Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Child Welfare Licensed Facility Resources

Forms and Publications

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has created forms and publications for use by group homes, residential care centers, shelter care facilities, and child placing agencies. Some, but not all, of these forms are mandatory as noted in the forms status column. These items are searchable by facility type.

Performance Based Measures (PBM) Dashboards

DCF is required to identify measurements by which to evaluate the performance of providers in meeting both the goals for children placed in their care and goals for the out-of-home care system. The PBM Dashboards have been created to meet the requirement of evaluation. There are individual dashboards for

Rate Regulation

Yearly DCF is required to establish a per client rate that each group home, residential care center or child placing agency may charge.

Child Welfare Licensing eMail Notification Sign Up

All facilities licensed by the Child Welfare Licensing section are required to sign up to receive email notifications issued by the Division of Safety and Permanence within the Department of Children and Families (DCF). The policy memos create or explain requirements for child welfare agencies. Agencies must follow the instruction or interpretations explained.

Contracting with Milwaukee County Child Protective Services

The Division of Milwaukee County Child Protective Services (DMCPS) contracts services with many out-of-home providers. If you currently have a licensed facility learn more about registering your:

Related Websites

List of Approved Service Providers

State Websites

Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention Resources

Trauma Informed Care

Addtional Resources