Community Impact Programs conducts Independent Initial Assessments for theBureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. Independent investigations of alleged abuse and neglect are mandated whenever there is a substantial probability of bias by the investigating agency. Independent investigations may be conducted for the following reasons: 1) Report of abuse or neglect by a foster parent. 2) Maltreatment of a foster child by another adult other than a foster parent. 3) Report of abuse and neglect by staff of a residential facility of a child placed by the Bureau.
These investigations are conducted in a manner consistent with the philosophy, purpose and standards of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. Community Impact Programs is responsible for conducting these investigations and is responsible for making a determination as to whether abuse or neglect has occurred.
Kinship Care is designed to help support a child who resides outside of his or her own home, either temporarily or for the long term, by someone who is related to the child by family ties or by a significant prior relationship connection. Kinship Care supports the concept of children residing with a relative caregiver to alleviate family stress or temporary familial problems, rather than being placed in a foster home or other type of out-of-home placement.
The Wisconsin Kinship Care Program provides monetary support for the care of minor children by a relative absent of Children’s Court or Child Protective Services involvement. Professional Services Group conducts assessments of kinship cases where the children are living with relatives that are privately arranged by family members.