Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services
The Subsidized Guardianship program aims to improve permanency outcomes
for children in out-of-home care by promoting the use of permanent
legal guardianship as a permanency option.
While guardianship has long existed as a permanency outcome
for children, the lack of ongoing payments to guardians to care
for children once permanency has been achieved has limited the
effectiveness of guardianship as a permanency outcome. This resulted
in foster care cases remaining open longer than necessary to
continue payments to the caretakers.
The Subsidized Guardianship program operates under a
federal Title IV-E waiver to provide ongoing payments to persons
becoming legal guardians of children in foster care, similar to
assistance program for children who are adopted.
The target population is children placed with relatives licensed as foster
The Guardianship Permanency Initiative is based on the
Improving permanency outcomes for
children and families through more effective permanency
planning that is family-focused.
Promoting the use of relatives as
foster care placement resources.
Ensuring the safety and well being
of children through permanent placements with caring adults
whom will raise the children to adulthood.
Providing services to families in
ways that address the needs of children but minimizes the
public child welfare involvement in the lives of families.
Operating the subsidized
guardianship program in a manner similar to the adoption
the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services
December 11, 2015