A subsidiary of St. Aemilian-Lakeside, Integrated Family Services (IFS) provides Ongoing Case Management and Intensive In-Home Services for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare.
IFS was created by St. Aemilian-Lakeside and was selected for this role in March of 2009 by the Department of Children and Families after participating in a competitive process. The department had implemented a number of changes at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, and the selection was targeted to complement several quality improvement initiatives and enhance overall performance in the child welfare system.
IFS works to ensure safety, permanence and well-being for the children and families it serves. It works out of offices at 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 4400, West Allis, WI 53214. IFS serves about 600 families, nearly 1,000 children.
The majority of children in IFS’ care are involved in the Ongoing Case Management program. Ongoing case managers, who are assigned to work with the family by the court system under a Child In Need of Protective Services (CHIPS) order, develop a permanency plan and adhere to standards regarding safety and well-being.
Intensive In-Home Services cases are those in which families are at high risk but concerns have not reached the level of abuse and or neglect necessitating a CHIPS order. The focus of this program is on keeping families together, safe and in the home.
Families served by IFS are also supported by St. Aemilian-Lakeside’s Family Services, which works toward family unification, promoting well-being and keeping families together.
“St. Aemilian-Lakeside has the capacity and the commitment to meet the high standards we hold for protecting children and families,” then-Secretary Reggie Bicha of the Department of Children and Families said in announcing the selection of IFS for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare contract.
“They are a first-class children’s services agency that has served the Milwaukee community for over 150 years, and we are very excited to move forward with them as we pursue our goals for BMCW.”
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For a complete list of our management staff, click here.
For directions to our offices, click here.
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Some useful links:
Department of Children and Families and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare: http://dcf.wisconsin.gov/bmcw/
Bureau recruitment video: mms://media.dwd.state.wi.us/BMCW_Recruitment_Video/BMCW_Recruitment.wmv