Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services believes dedicated staff who provide quality care can make a positive impact on children and families in need of protective services. Through strong engagement with our families, we work to ensure children who need to be placed in foster care achieve permanency in a timely manner in our Family Case Management program. Whenever possible, we keep children in their home in our Intensive In-home program. Under contract with the State of Wisconsin and working in partnership with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, we strive to enhance practice to provide the highest quality care for the families we serve.
Family Case Management
The goal of Family Case Management is to reduce the number of children in foster care by safely moving children in foster care to permanency in a timely manner. Case managers coordinate and provide services such as supervised family interactions that enhance parenting capacities to allow children to return home safely. If the needed changes cannot occur, staff develop and execute concurrent plans for alternative forms of permanency, such as adoption, to ensure children do not stay in foster care any longer than necessary.
Our Intensive In-home case managers work with families whose children are at risk of being placed in foster care, but can stay in their home with an in-home safety plan. This program is designed to engage informal and formal supports such as our Family Support program and community supports to implement a plan to maintain the child safely in the home, while also working to affect sustained change.
Family Support is an innovative program that takes the experience Children's Hospital has in child abuse prevention, and adapts the same evidence-based interventions for use with families involved with the child welfare system. Family Support Specialists work closely with case managers from both the Intensive In-home and Family Case Management programs to provide one-to-one support to the parents in the programs.