Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Topics for Child Welfare Workers and Supervisors

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Case Worker Pre-Service

Pre-Service training provides beginning knowledge and awareness of areas essential to child welfare practice, including knowledge of the scope and philosophical base of child welfare services, the basic process and functions of providing child welfare services, and an introduction to engagement, safety, court, and human behavior.

This is the pre-service training approved by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. This content meets the requirement for pre-service training identified in DCF 43 (see below for more details). These modules are intended to be used as one component of a new worker’s pre-service orientation package that should also include direct supervision, job shadowing, and other on the job training.

Case Worker Pre-Service

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Foster Care Coordinator Pre-Service

The web-based Foster Care Coordinator Pre-Service training is specifically for newly hired foster care coordinators in Wisconsin. It provides a high-level overview of your duties by explaining the process by which children are placed into out-of-home care; the role of the Foster Care Coordinator within a licensing agency and with families; and the licensing process, including documentation requirements. You should feel prepared to begin your work, with your supervisor’s support, until you can attend the DCF 56: New Licensor 2-day face-to-face training.

Foster Care Coordinator Pre-Service

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Alternative Response

There’s been a lot of discussion about how Alternative Response, or AR, fits into CPS practice in Wisconsin. What is it? What isn’t it? What’s the same about practice and what’s different?

The purpose of this 2-module training is to provide CPS workers with a framework to understand where and how AR fits into practice. Participants will consider how to incorporate an Alternative Response approach in their work with families. The focus is on the core concepts of program, pathway, and practice.

While this orientation is intended to provide new information, it’s only the beginning of a conversation as counties kick off implementing Alternative Response.

Alternative Response Modules

Child and Adolescent Needs & Strengths Tool Training & Certification Exam

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool is an assessment strategy designed for decision support and outcomes management. Its primary purpose is to allow a system to remain focused on the shared vision of serving children and families, by representing children at all levels of the system.

All children in out-of-home care will have a CANS assessment completed. This assessment tool reviews overall functioning, wellbeing, needs and strengths of the child and current caregiver. Children will be matched with caregivers based on their level of need and the foster parent level of care. The CANS assessment is used in rate setting to determine the supplemental points.

This training can be access through our website or in PDS Online.

CANS Modules

Keeping Kids Safe from Identify Theft

Children in out-of-home care are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because their personal information is frequently shared with multiple agencies, caretakers and individuals, making it less protected and more accessible.
The Federal Child and Family Services Improvement Act followed by the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act require all children in out-of-home care are required to have an annual credit check and mandate a remediate process, as needed. The purpose of this training is to inform case workers of their role in keeping youth identities safe and correctly documenting remediation efforts.

This training can be access through our website or in PDS Online.

Keeping Kids Safe from Identify Theft Modules

The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard for Supervising Agency Staff

The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard, which federal legislation requires and the state of Wisconsin enacted improves normalcy for children living in out-of-home care. We’ll introduce the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard, explain the importance of normalcy, and walk through examples of how out-of-home care providers make reasonable and prudent parenting decisions.

The Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard for Supervising Agency Staff Modules

Understanding Child Sex Trafficking in Wisconsin

Sex trafficking of children and youth is a growing concern nationally and in Wisconsin. Sex trafficking of minors has been identified, investigated and charged in most, if not all, counties within Wisconsin. It is both an urban and rural issue.

This course is designed to provide crucial information to child welfare workers to support the identification of and responses to instances of child sex trafficking.

Understanding Child Sex Trafficking Modules

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Care4Kids Program Overview

Care4Kids program serves children placed in out-of-home care by one of six counties in the southeast region of the state: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha counties. In these three modules, participating county staff will learn:

  • The need for and benefits of the Care4Kids program.
  • The responsibilities of the Heath Care Coordination team and its members.
  • How the enrollment specialist determines eligibility for Care4Kids.
  • The role of the caseworker in participating in the team.

Care4Kids Program Overview

Confirming Safe Environments

Part of the child welfare responsibility assumed when placing a child in out-of-home care is to assure that the placement is safe for this child at this point in time. Child Protective Services, Child Welfare, and Juvenile Justice workers are required to complete Confirming Safe Environments (CSE) training to address that responsibility.

As the Foster Care Coordinator, you may or may not be responsible for this function. You should consult with your supervisor. However, it is recommended to complete this training to gain an understanding of the tool because foster parents will be a subject assessment.

The web based Confirming Safe Environments training content can be accessed through our website and PDS Online.

CSE Modules

Kinship Navigator Training for Caseworkers

For generations, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings have cared for and supported for their young relatives. Families often plan for and adapt to parental absences, such as deployments, illnesses, or lengthy work-related travel. And in times of crisis, when a child’s environment is unsafe, or their parent is unable to provide full-time care and stability, relatives step up to care for the children in their family.

Wisconsin is a national leader in relative placements. Our child welfare system believes when a child is unsafe and out-of-home care is necessary, placement with relatives is best practice. It provides unique benefits, lessens the negative effects, and promotes a child’s permanency and well being

Kinship Navigator Modules

Permanency Roundtables (PRT) Values and Tools

This training will prepare caseworkers, supervisors and other child welfare partners on how to participate in a Permanency Roundtable. The Permanency Roundtable process, or PRT, is a professional consultation that provides a forum for innovative thinking among team members to create action steps that help a child achieve permanence.

Permanency Roundtables (PRT) Values and Tools

Subsidized Guardianship

Subsidized Guardianship is a permanent placement option for children placed in foster care. Subsidized Guardianship is a positive option when adoption and reunification are not the best choices. Eligible caregivers, including foster parents, can become the legal guardian and receive a subsidy. Guardians are able to consent for the child’s everyday events.

This training offers the Foster Care Coordinator a review of eligibility and the child welfare agency responsibly to establishing a Subsidized Guardianship. This training will prepare you to provide consultation and support to foster parents going through this process.

This training can be access through our website or in PDS Online.

Subsidized Guardianship Modules

Transition to Adulthood

The Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) requires that those serving youth in out-of-home care:

  • Help youth make the transition to self-sufficiency through needed services;
  • Help youth receive the education, training and services necessary to obtain employment;
  • Provide personal and emotional support to those aging out of care;
  • Help youth prepare for and enter postsecondary training and education institutions;
  • Provide financial assistance for housing, counseling, health, transportation, employment and education to youth ages 18-21;
  • Make available vouchers for postsecondary education and training (Education and Training Vouchers)

This training provides an overview of Wisconsin’s independent living regional model, clarifies roles and responsibilities of those supporting youth in transition, and provides recommendations and resources for effective partnerships.

Transition to Adulthood