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Adult Family Homes

Adult Family Homes are places where 1-4 adults reside and receive care or services that are above the level of room and board and may include up to 7 hours per week of nursing care. Adult Family Homes serve persons with advanced age, dementia, mental health issues, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, AIDS, alcohol and other drug abuse, correctional clients, and/or persons with a terminal illness.

The Dane County Department of Human Services certifies homes where one or two persons reside while the State licenses homes where three or four people reside. Certificates are issued for one year and may be renewed provided all standards continue to be met.

The commitment to become a certified Adult Family Home provider is 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. It requires a desire to share one's home and life with 1-2 other people while protecting each individual's right to privacy and to have his/her own life; to be able to develop a caring relationship with that individual, and to treat the other person as a family member. It is not a commitment to take lightly.

Certification Process

Briefly, the Adult Family Home certification process requires:

  • Submission of a completed application
  • Provision of three (3) personal references
  • Background checks on all persons age 18 and older in the home
  • Medical certification including a recent physical exam and tuberculosis (TB) test - signed for all persons age 18 and older in the home
  • Home visit/inspection to determine if the requirements for certification are met
  • Interview with the potential provider

View the Sponsor and Home Requirements
How to Apply

To apply to become a certified adult family home provider or for more information, contact the Community Services Consultant:

Jessica Ecker, Behavioral Health Program Specialist
Dane County Department of Human Services
1202 Northport Drive, 3rd Floor
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 242-6472

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