The applicant or licensee shall submit the completed request form to the licensing agency.
The licensing agency's authorized representative shall, in the space provided on the request form, indicate whether he or she supports or does not support the exception request or supports some alternative to the request, shall justify that position and shall sign and date the request form.
If the licensing agency approves the request or some alternative to the request, the licensing agency shall submit the completed request form to the department within 10 working days after the agency's receipt of the request form from the applicant or licensee. The licensing agency shall not submit to the department any request that it does not support.
The department exceptions panel shall, in writing, indicate its approval or disapproval of the request within 10 working days after the department receives the request form from the licensing agency and has all the information required to make its decision.
Notwithstanding subd. 6. a.
, the department exceptions panel shall, in writing, indicate its approval or disapproval of an application for certification to operate a Level 5 foster home under s. DCF 56.13 (7) (a)
within 45 working days after the department receives the application from the licensing agency and has all the information required to make its decision.
The department exceptions panel shall consist of at least 3 persons who collectively are knowledgeable about the foster care program, licensing practices and any special needs of children who may be served by the applicant for an exception.
The chairperson of the panel shall be designated by the director of the department's bureau of permanence and out-of-home care.
The panel chairperson shall designate the remaining members of the panel.
(c) Non-safety-related waiver for relatives.
The licensing agency or the department exceptions panel may grant a waiver to the following non-safety-related requirements for the relative of a child without an alternative provision to meet the intent of the requirement:
The licensing agency may grant a waiver to any requirement in s. DCF 56.04 (4) (a) 7.
, 56.05 (4)
, 56.07 (2)
, (4) (a) 1.
, or (8)
, or 56.09 (4) (g) 1.
, or (10) (b)
, or (f)
DCF 56.02 History
History: CR 00-020
: cr. Register February 2002 No. 554
, eff. 3-1-02; CR 03-033
: am. (2) (a) 1. Register December 2003 No. 576
, eff. 1-1-04; correction in (2) (a) 1. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635
: emerg. am. (2) (a) 1., (b) 5., 6., 7. b., cr. (2) (c), eff. 1-1-10; CR 10-021
: am. (2) (a) 1., (b) 5., 6., 7. b., cr. (2) (c) Register September 2010 No. 657
, eff. 10-1-10; EmR1050
: emerg. am. (1), (2) (a) 1., (c) 1., eff. 1-1-11; CR 10-148
: am. (1), (2) (a) 1., (c) 1., renum. (2) (b) 6. to be (2) (b) 6. a., cr. (2) (b) 6. b. Register August 2011 No. 668
, eff. 9-1-11.
In this chapter:
"Aftercare plan" means a plan for transition services for a child that identifies services that will be provided after the child's discharge from a foster home to ensure continuity in the management of the child's needs.
"Algorithm" means a composite score based on items demonstrated to be relevant to decision making on a particular topic such as level of need or service provision.
"Applicant" means a person who applies for a license to operate a foster home, for renewal of a license to operate a foster home or for modification of a license to operate a foster home.
"Basement" has the meaning prescribed in s. SPS 320.07 (8)
, namely, that level below the first or ground floor level with its entire floor below exit discharge grade.
"Basic maintenance payment" means a payment to reimburse a foster parent for the cost of a foster child's food, clothing, housing, basic transportation, and personal items, as follows:
For care and maintenance provided for a child of any age by a Level 1 foster home, $220.
For care and maintenance provided by a foster home that is certified to provide care at a level of care that is higher than Level 1 care, an age-related foster care payment established by s. 48.62 (4)
"Case plan" means the service plan for the child and family, of which the permanency plan is a part.
"Child" means a person under 18 years of age or a person age 18 or older who remains under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
"Complete bathroom" means a bathroom with at least one toilet, one sink, and one tub or shower.
"County agency" means a county department of social services under s. 46.215
, Stats., or a county department of human services under s. 46.23
"Dangerous weapon" means any firearm, any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm, any electric device designed to immobilize or incapacitate persons by the use of electric current, any spray device designed to immobilize or incapacitate persons by the use of chemicals or other liquids or gases or any other device or instrument that is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm.
"Department" means the Wisconsin department of children and families.
"Department exceptions panel" or "exceptions panel" means the group authorized to grant exceptions under s. DCF 56.02 (2)
to nonstatutory requirements of this chapter.
"Emergency care" means care provided for a foster child on the basis of 24-hour availability, including crisis intervention services and emergency placements.
"Family" means the birth parents, adoptive parents, relatives of the child, and other individuals who were permanently living with the child before the child's placement in out-of-home care.
"Foster care" means care and maintenance provided to a child in a foster home pursuant to a court order or voluntary placement agreement.
"Foster child" means a child placed for care and maintenance in a foster home by the department, a county agency, a licensed private child-placing agency or a court by court order or a voluntary placement agreement.
"Foster parent" means a person with primary responsibility for the care and supervision of one or more foster children placed in his or her foster home and in whose name the foster home is licensed under this chapter.
"Group home" means a facility operated by a person licensed by the department to provide 24-hour care and maintenance for 5 to 8 children under s. 48.625
"Guardian" means the person or agency appointed by a court to make major decisions affecting a child which may include consent to marriage, to enlistment in the armed forces and to major surgery.
"Hazardous machinery and equipment" means any machine or other equipment generally known to be dangerous to untrained or unskilled operators or to operators who for any other reason are physically or mentally unable to operate the equipment safely, including a motor vehicle, power lawn mower, tractor or other farm machinery or equipment, snow blower, chain saw, power-driven shop tool, snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and any other machinery or equipment determined by the licensing or supervising agency to be unsafe for a particular foster child to operate.
"HealthCheck program" means a standardized preventive health check-up program for anyone under the age of 21 who has a valid Wisconsin medical assistance card.
DCF 56.03 Note
Note: A HealthCheck includes head-to-toe physical examination, immunizations, laboratory tests, eye exam, growth and development check, hearing check, mouth exam, nutrition check, health information, special teen-age health education and teen pregnancy services.
"Home-based private educational program" means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child's parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instruction program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.
"Household member" means any person living in a foster home, whether or not related to the licensee.
"Legal custodian" means the person or agency to whom a court has transferred a child's legal custody and who thereby has the right and duty to protect, train and discipline the child and to provide for the child's care and needs. "Legal custody" has the meaning prescribed in s. 48.02 (12)
"Level of care" means the intensity of services that is best able to meet the needs of a child who has been assessed with a corresponding level of need.
"Level of need" means a rating of a child that is used to inform decision making on placement and service provision. The level of need is derived from an algorithm that is based on an assessment of a child's functioning.
"Licensed private child-placing agency" means an agency licensed by the department under s. 48.60
, Stats., and ch. DCF 54
to license a person to operate a foster home and to place children in foster homes and other out-of-home care facilities.
"Licensee" means the foster parent or foster parents in whose name or names a foster home is licensed under this chapter.
"Licensing agency" means the department, a county agency, or a licensed private child-placing agency that may issue a license to operate a foster home under this chapter.
"Living area" means the rooms of the foster home used by household members for sleeping, preparing and eating meals, bathing, toileting and indoor leisure time activities.
"Mechanical restraint" means any physical apparatus that interferes with the free movement of a person's limbs and body.
"Motor vehicle" means a private automobile, motorcycle, van, bus or truck.
"Nurse practitioner" means a registered nurse licensed under ch. 441, Stats.
, who is currently certified as a nurse practitioner by a national certifying body that is recognized by the Wisconsin board of nursing.
"Out-of-home care" means care in a foster home, a group home under s. 48.625
, Stats., or a residential care center for children and youth under s. 48.60
"Permanency plan" means a plan required under s. 48.38 (2)
, Stats., that is designed to ensure that a child placed in out-of-home care is safely reunified with his or her family whenever appropriate, or that the child quickly attains a safe placement or home providing long-term stability.
"Physical punishment" means inflicting any kind of physical pain or discomfort on a child by means that include but are not limited to hitting, slapping, spanking, punching, shaking, kicking, biting or washing out a child's mouth with soap.
"Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy under ch. 448, Stats.
"Physician assistant" means a person certified under ch. 448, Stats.
, to perform patient services under the supervision and direction of a physician.
"Placing agency" means a licensed private child-placing agency; county department with powers and duties under ss. 48.57
, Stats.; the department; the Wisconsin department of corrections; or a licensed child welfare agency from another state authorized to place children in foster homes.
"Premises" means the foster home and the tract of land on which it is situated, including all other buildings and structures on that land.
"Program manager" means the foster parent and licensee of a Level 5 foster home.
"Program staff" means staff in a Level 5 foster home who are responsible for daily supervision of the children and direct care to the children to ensure their safety and well-being.
"Residential care center for children and youth" means a residential facility licensed as a child welfare agency under s. 48.60
, Stats., that provides treatment and custodial services for children, youth, and young adults ages 18, 19, or 20.
"Respite care" means the services or emergency care provided to a foster child during a planned absence of the foster parent for more than 48 hours or when the licensing, supervising, or placing agency pays for the service or care.
"Responsible care provider" means a person the foster parent believes has the ability and maturity to care for a foster child for the time that the foster child will be in that person's care.
"Severe emotional disturbance" means an emotional disability that has persisted for at least 6 months and is expected to persist for a year or longer. A severely emotionally disturbed child may experience psychotic symptoms, be a suicide risk, or may cause personal injury or significant property damage or will have functional impairment in at least 2 areas, including self-care, community participation, social relationships, family relationships, and school. A severely emotionally disturbed child will be receiving services from 2 or more social services agencies. The emotional disturbance must meet one of the AXIS I diagnostic classifications of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association.
"Supervising agency" means the agency responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of a child placed in out-of-home care, which may be a county agency, the department, or a licensed private child-placing agency.
"Team" means the group appointed by the placing and supervising agencies to assess a child, develop and implement the case and permanency plans, and evaluate the child's progress for a child with a level of need of 1 to 2 who is placed in a foster home.
"Treatment" means the combination of therapies, services, and care designed to assist a child in achieving established measurable and behavioral goals and objectives based upon the information gathered through the assessment process.
"Treatment plan" means the comprehensive services plan developed by the treatment team for a child with a level of need of 3 to 5 who is placed in a foster home with a Level 3 to 5 certification.
"Treatment team" means the group appointed by the placing and supervising agencies to assess a child, develop and implement the treatment plan, and evaluate the child's progress for a child with a level of need of 3 to 5 who is placed in a foster home with a Level 3 to 5 certification.
"Voluntary placement agreement" means a written contract between a county agency and the child's parent or guardian and the child, if the child is 12 years of age or older, for the placement of the child in a licensed foster home under s. 48.63 (1)
DCF 56.03 History
History: CR 00-020
: cr. Register February 2002 No. 554
, eff. 3-1-02; corrections in (9), (10), (24) and (37) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6.
, Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635
: emerg. r. and recr. (3), eff. 1-1-10; CR 10-021
: r. and recr. (3) Register September 2010 No. 657
, eff. 10-1-10; EmR1050
: emerg. renum. (1) to be (1r), cr. (1), (1g), (6m), (10m), (11m), (15m), (21g), (21r), (33m), (34d), (34h), (34p), (34t), (35m), (37e), (37m), (37s), am. (3) (a), (14), (15), (22), (24), (29), (36), (38), r. and recr. (37), eff. 1-1-11; CR 10-148
: renum. (1) to be (1r), cr. (1), (1g), (6m), (10m), (11m), (15m), (21g), (21r), (33m), (34d), (34h), (34p), (34t), (35m), (37e), (37m), (37s), am. (3) (a), (14), (15), (22), (24), (29), (36), (38), r. and recr. (37) Register August 2011 No. 668
, eff. 9-1-11; corrections in (2), (11) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register February 2012 No. 674
Any person proposing to provide foster care for children shall apply to a licensing agency for a foster home license.
Application for a foster home license shall be made on a form provided by the licensing agency.
(2) License prohibition.
No licensing agency may issue a license to operate a foster home to an employee of the agency or to the relative of an employee of the agency if the employee works in the area of the agency that issues foster care licenses. This subsection does not apply to a foster parent who receives a payment under s. 48.64 (4)
, Stats., or to a volunteer for the agency.
DCF 56.04 Note
Note: The intent of this requirement is to prevent possible conflicts of interest with respect to the terms of the rate paid to the foster parent, the situation that may result if an allegation of abuse or neglect is made against the foster parent, etc. The agency should consider such situations in granting a license to an employee of the agency.
(3) Reapplication following denial or revocation.
No applicant or former licensee who, for a substantive reason, such as inappropriate discipline practices, inadequate mental health functioning or current abuse of alcohol or drugs, was denied a license or whose license was revoked may reapply for a license to any licensing agency within a period of 2 years following the effective date of license denial or revocation, unless both of the following conditions are met:
The initial denial or revocation was based on the applicant's or former licensee's criminal conviction or governmental finding that required rehabilitation approval under ch. DHS 12
and the applicant or former licensee failed to prove rehabilitation under ch. DHS 12
The applicant or former licensee has reapplied for rehabilitation review under ch. DHS 12
and the rehabilitation review panel has determined that the applicant has been rehabilitated.
Before an applicant for an initial license may be issued a license, the applicant shall submit the following to the licensing agency:
An application form completed and signed by the applicant. Married persons living together shall both sign the application. Any household member who will act in the role of foster parent shall sign the application.
Verification of homeowner's or renter's insurance coverage required under s. DCF 56.05 (4)
or a request for a waiver under s. DCF 56.05 (5)
, and verification of vehicle liability insurance required under s. DCF 56.05 (3)
if the applicant plans to transport foster children in his or her own vehicle. Verification means that the licensing agency representative has personally seen the appropriate documentation. A licensing agency need not retain a copy of the documentation in its files.
DCF 56.04 Note
, Stats., requires motor vehicle liability insurance effective June 1, 2010.
A written statement from a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner that indicates any physical or mental conditions of the applicant or any household members that would affect the ability of the family to provide care for a foster child or threaten the health or safety of a foster child. The statement shall be based upon a medical examination performed within the previous 6 months, except as provided in subd. 4.