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"Agent" means a person to whom delegation of the care and custody of a child under this section is facilitated by an organization.
"Organization" means an organization that facilitates delegations of the care and custody of children under this section.
The department may promulgate rules to implement this section. If the department promulgates those rules, those rules shall include rules establishing all of the following:
Training requirements for the staff of an organization, including training in identifying children who have been abused or neglected and the laws and procedures under s. 48.981
governing the reporting of suspected or threatened child abuse or neglect.
Screening and assessment requirements for a proposed agent, including a screening of the personal characteristics, health, and finances of the proposed agent and of the physical environment and safety of the proposed agent's home and, based on that screening, an assessment of the proposed agent's fitness to provide for the care and custody of the child and ability to meet the child's needs. The rules promulgated under this subdivision shall prohibit an organization from facilitating a delegation of the care and custody of a child to a proposed agent unless the proposed agent is fit to provide for the care and custody of the child and able to meet the child's needs.
Training requirements for an agent, including the training described in subd. 1.
and training in the expectations of an agent specified in subd. 4.
The expectations of an agent with respect to the care and custody of the child, including expectations relating to the care, nurturing, protection, training, guidance, and discipline of the child; the provision of food, shelter, education, and health care for the child; cooperation with the child's parents in coparenting the child; and cooperation with the organization in facilitating visitation and other communications with the child's parents and in otherwise complying with the expectations of the organization.
A requirement that an organization regularly monitor an agent and the child whose care and custody is delegated to the agent and maintain communications with the child's parents.
History: 2011 a. 87
; 2013 a. 165
Interstate placement of children. 48.98(1)
No person may bring a child into this state or send a child out of this state for the purpose of placing the child in foster care or for the purpose of adoption without a certificate from the department that the home is suitable for the child.
Any person, except a county department or licensed child welfare agency, who brings a child into this state for the purpose of placing the child in a foster home shall, before the child's arrival in this state, file with the department a $1,000 noncancelable bond in favor of this state, furnished by a surety company licensed to do business in this state. The condition of the bond shall be that the child will not become dependent on public funds for his or her primary support before the child reaches age 18 or is adopted.
By filing the bond required under par. (a)
, the person filing the bond and the surety submit to the jurisdiction of the court in the county in which the person resides for purposes of liability on the bond, and appoint the clerk of the court as their agent upon whom any papers affecting their bond liability may be served.
If upon affidavit of the department it appears to the court that the condition of the bond has been violated, the court shall order the person who filed the bond and the surety to show cause why judgment on the bond should not be entered for the department. If neither the person nor the surety appears for the hearing on the order to show cause, or if the court concludes after the hearing that the condition of the bond has been violated, the court shall enter judgment on the bond for the department against the person who filed the bond and the surety.
The department shall periodically bill the person who filed the bond and the surety under s. 49.32 (1) (b)
for the cost of care and maintenance of the child until the child is adopted or becomes age 18, whichever is earlier. The guardian and surety shall also be liable under the bond for costs incurred by the department in enforcing the bond.
The department may waive the bond requirement under par. (a)
The person bringing or sending the child into or out of this state shall report to the department, at least once each year and at any other time required by the department, concerning the location and well-being of the child, until the child is 18 years of age or is adopted.
This section applies only to interstate placements of children that are not governed by s. 48.988
(b) Section 48.839
governs the placement of children who are not U.S. citizens and not under agency guardianship who are brought into this state from a foreign jurisdiction for the purpose of adoption.
The department may promulgate all rules necessary for the enforcement of this section.
Abused or neglected children and abused unborn children. 48.981(1)(ag)
"Agency" means a county department, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more or a licensed child welfare agency under contract with a county department or the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more to perform investigations under this section.
"Caregiver" means, with respect to a child who is the victim or alleged victim of abuse or neglect or who is threatened with abuse or neglect, any of the following persons:
The child's parent, grandparent, greatgrandparent, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, or half sister.
A person who resides or has resided regularly or intermittently in the same dwelling as the child.
An employee of a residential facility or residential care center for children and youth in which the child was or is placed.
A person who provides or has provided care for the child in or outside of the child's home.
Any other person who exercises or has exercised temporary or permanent control over the child or who temporarily or permanently supervises or has supervised the child.
Any relative of the child other than a relative specified in subd. 1.
"Community placement" means probation; extended supervision; parole; aftercare; conditional transfer into the community under s. 51.35 (1)
; conditional transfer or discharge under s. 51.37 (9)
; placement in a Type 2 residential care center for children and youth or a Type 2 juvenile correctional facility authorized under s. 938.539 (5)
; conditional release under s. 971.17
; supervised release under s. 980.06
; participation in the community residential confinement program under s. 301.046
, the intensive sanctions program under s. 301.048
, the corrective sanctions program under s. 938.533
, the intensive supervision program under s. 938.534
, or the serious juvenile offender program under s. 938.538
; or any other placement of an adult or juvenile offender in the community under the custody or supervision of the department of corrections, the department of health services, a county department under s. 46.215
, or 51.437
or any other person under contract with the department of corrections, the department of health services or a county department under s. 46.215
, or 51.437
to exercise custody or supervision over the offender.
"Indian unborn child" means an unborn child who, when born, may be eligible for affiliation with an Indian tribe in any of the following ways:
As a person who is eligible for membership in an Indian tribe and the biological child of a member of an Indian tribe.
"Member of a religious order" means an individual who has taken vows devoting himself or herself to religious or spiritual principles and who is authorized or appointed by his or her religious order or organization to provide spiritual or religious advice or service.
"Member of the clergy" has the meaning given in s. 765.002 (1)
or means a member of a religious order, and includes brothers, ministers, monks, nuns, priests, rabbis, and sisters.
"Record" means any document relating to the investigation, assessment and disposition of a report under this section.
"Reporter" means a person who reports suspected abuse or neglect or a belief that abuse or neglect will occur under this section.
"Subject" means a person or unborn child named in a report or record as any of the following:
A child who is the victim or alleged victim of abuse or neglect or who is threatened with abuse or neglect.
An unborn child who is the victim or alleged victim of abuse or who is at substantial risk of abuse.
A person who is suspected of abuse or neglect or who has been determined to have abused or neglected a child or to have abused an unborn child.
"Tribal agent" means the person designated under 25 CFR 23.12
by an Indian tribe to receive notice of involuntary child custody proceedings under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 USC 1901
Any of the following persons who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child seen by the person in the course of professional duties has been abused or neglected or who has reason to believe that a child seen by the person in the course of professional duties has been threatened with abuse or neglect and that abuse or neglect of the child will occur shall, except as provided under subs. (2m)
, report as provided in sub. (3)
A medical or mental health professional not otherwise specified in this paragraph.
A school employee not otherwise specified in this paragraph.
A child care worker in a child care center, group home, or residential care center for children and youth.
A member of the treatment staff employed by or working under contract with a county department under s. 46.23
, or 51.437
or a residential care center for children and youth.
A court-appointed special advocate who has reasonable cause to suspect that a child seen in the course of activities under s. 48.236 (3)
has been abused or neglected or who has reason to believe that a child seen in the course of those activities has been threatened with abuse and neglect and that abuse or neglect of the child will occur shall, except as provided in subs. (2m)
, report as provided in sub. (3)