Welcome to the
The Department of Health Services and the Department of Children and
Families have partnered to implement Care4Kids, an innovative program
designed to offer comprehensive and coordinated health services for children
and youth in foster care. The program launched January 1, 2014, in the six
Southeastern Wisconsin counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine,
Washington and Waukesha.
The Care4Kids program creates
a "medical home" team for children in foster care, assuring that children
receive individualized treatment plans in order to address their specific
health care needs, including trauma related care. As a result, children in
community setting are expected to have improved physical and mental health,
improved resiliency and shorter stays in out-of-home care. These positive
outcomes will also result in long-term savings in publicly funded programs.
A "medical home" is a concept, not a place. The concept was originally
developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Today, a "medical home"
means that each child has a team that coordinates care to meet a child's
needs. These needs can be medical in nature, but also include
community-based supports and services. The "medical home" seeks to promote a
partnership focused on meeting the child's needs. The partnership is between
team members and the child, and child's family, to assure the best possible
It is anticipated that the Care4Kids program will serve approximately 2,500
children, which is about half of the children in foster care in Wisconsin.
April 24, 2014