Provide the foster parent with the telephone number of a supervising agency caseworker, counselor, clinical consultant, or clinical staff member who will provide crisis intervention, emergency counseling, and related services to the foster parent on a 24-hour per day, 7-day per week basis.
Respond to a request from a foster parent for crisis intervention, emergency counseling, and related services within one hour.
Provide or arrange for additional child care personnel during stressful or critical periods, as determined by the treatment team.
DCF 56.15 Note
Note: An example of a stressful or critical period might be the time from the end of the school day until bedtime.
Assist and support the foster parent in obtaining any medical supplies and services required for the child. If required medical supplies and services are not included in the treatment plan, the supervising agency and placing agency shall revise the treatment plan to include the required medical supplies and services and to determine financial responsibility.
Ensure that a child with a severe emotional disturbance has a clinical consultant assigned to the case. A social worker, caseworker, or other professional involved with the case may also serve as the clinical consultant. The clinical consultant shall have all of the following qualifications:
A master's degree in social work, psychology, child development, or counseling.
A minimum of 2 years of experience working with seriously disturbed adolescents.
Knowledge of the neurological, biological, and psychiatric components of emotional disturbances.
Evaluate the child's progress and provide services identified in the aftercare plan following termination of a placement. The child's treatment team shall determine how long these services shall be provided. The aftercare plan shall identify follow-up support services for the child, the child's parent, or other care providers, including any of the following:
Consultations by professionals in the child's home to assist the child's family implement the permanency plan, provide skill training for specific problems, and provide support for the child's family.
For youth who will live independently, follow-up support services may include housing assistance, job location, and individual support.
(1m) Multiple agencies.
If more than one agency is performing supervising responsibilities under subs. (1)
, the agencies shall specify in writing which agency is responsible for each requirement.
(2) Qualifications for supervising agency caseworker for Level 3 to 5.
A supervising agency caseworker shall have all of the following qualifications to perform the responsibilities under sub. (3)
for a child with a level of need of 3 or higher in the agency's care who is placed in a foster home with a Level 3 to 5 certification:
A bachelor's degree and a minimum of 2 years of post-degree experience in a social work-related field.
(3) Responsibilities of supervising agency caseworker for Levels 3 to 5.
A caseworker employed by or under contract to the supervising agency shall do all of the following regarding a child with a level of need of 3 or higher in the agency's care who is placed in a foster home with a Level 3 to 5 certification:
Select the appropriate foster home for a child after careful consideration of how well a prospective foster family will do all of the following:
Form the child's treatment team and serve as the team coordinator.
Educate a child's treatment team members on services and procedures for a child's specific needs.
Develop appropriate interventions and services for the child with the child's treatment team.
Be available or have a designee who is available for the foster parents to consult on a 24-hour per day basis.
Supervise a child's case plan, permanency plan, and treatment plan.
Coordinate provided or purchased services for the child and the child's family.
Perform necessary court responsibilities as appropriate.
Advocate for the best interests and rights of the child.
(4) Substitute for caseworker responsibilities.
Notwithstanding sub. (3) (intro.)
, the supervisory agency may assign specific duties in sub. (3)
to another person who meets the same qualifications as the supervisory agency caseworker or to a person who is an intern or in a field placement for a higher education program and is supervised by a person meeting the same qualifications as a supervisory agency caseworker.
DCF 56.15 History
: emerg. cr. eff. 1-1-10; CR 10-021
: cr. Register September 2010 No. 657
, eff. 10-1-10; EmR1050
: emerg. r. and recr., eff. 1-1-11; CR 10-148
: r. and recr. Register August 2011 No. 668
, eff. 9-1-11.
Licensing agency responsibilities. DCF 56.16(1)
A licensing agency shall do all of the following:
Recruit a pool of foster parents who are interested in and capable of working with the types of children who are commonly placed by that agency.
Assess and screen families who are interested in becoming foster parents.
Develop foster homes to meet the needs of a specifically identified child in need of placement.
Provide, arrange, and approve required pre-placement, initial, and ongoing training for foster parents under s. DCF 56.14
Consult with supervising agency caseworkers and social workers to match a child's specific needs with available foster parents.
Provide each licensed or prospective foster parent with a copy of the agency's foster parent handbook under s. DCF 56.12
Review the foster parent's fire safety evacuation plan under s. DCF 56.08 (8)
and disaster plan under s. DCF 56.08 (10m)
with the foster parent to ensure that the plans provide for adequate safety and communication with the agency.
Encourage peer support among foster parents and inform foster parents of available supports, especially among foster parents who are caring for children with similar conditions.
Notify the clerk of the school district in which a foster home is located when a license to operate a foster home is issued in that school district, pursuant to s. 48.62 (3)
, Stats. The notification shall include all of the following:
The name, address, and phone number of a contact person from the licensing agency.
In addition to sub. (1)
, a licensing agency shall do all of the following regarding foster homes with a Level 3 to 5 certification:
Identify foster homes with similar qualifications as existing foster homes to be used as emergency or alternative options.
Develop and facilitate peer support among foster parents, especially among foster parents who are caring for children with similar conditions.
Review the payment amount that a placing agency is proposing for a child's placement and discuss the child's needs with the placing agency.
Inform a prospective foster parent of the placing agency's proposed payment amount.
Recommend any modifications to the payment amount that the placing agency has proposed.
Participate with the placing agency, foster parent, and treatment team members in the redetermination of the payment amount following a reassessment under s. DCF 56.22 (5) (b)
At a foster parent's request, assist a foster parent in resolving a disagreement between the foster parent and the placing agency regarding a payment amount before the foster parent requests a hearing under s. DCF 56.10
DCF 56.16 History
: emerg. cr., eff. 1-1-11; CR 10-148
: cr. Register August 2011 No. 668
, eff. 9-1-11.
Child's treatment team for Levels 3 to 5. DCF 56.17(1)(a)(a)
A child with a level of need of 3 or higher who is placed in a foster home with a Level 3 to 5 certification shall have a treatment team that consists of the child, the child's parent or legal guardian, the foster parent, and at least one representative each from the supervising and placing agencies. At least one member of the team shall have clinical training in a field related to the primary needs of the child. In addition, the treatment team may include other social workers, caseworkers, clinical consultants, physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists, school personnel, home health agency staff, or other significant individuals in the child's life.
A parent or child may be excluded from the treatment team by the child's supervising agency caseworker only when their inclusion would be inappropriate due to age, condition, or unwillingness to cooperate. Any justification for exclusion shall be documented in the child's case record and anyone excluded shall be informed of the reason for the decision, as appropriate.
The treatment team for a foster child shall do all of the following:
Using specialists when necessary, arrange for additional appropriate assessments based on the needs and strengths of the child, child's family, and foster parent as identified in the assessment under s. DCF 56.22
. If the child may have a serious emotional disturbance, arrange for a bio-psycho-social assessment that includes all of the following:
Measurement of the behavioral and cognitive correlates of the disability.
An assessment of how psycho-social and environmental factors influence how the child copes with the disability.
Develop the child's written treatment plan within 30 days after the child's placement in a foster home. The treatment plan shall do all of the following:
Specify the treatment and services to be provided to the child and the child's family.
Identify who is responsible for providing each treatment and service.
Establish measurable goals and objectives for the placement in all areas of the child's life, including all of the following: