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(2) The department, county department, or licensed child welfare agency shall provide a foster parent with a written copy of the foster parent's bill of rights in his or her primary language, if possible, when the department, county department, or licensed child welfare agency issues or renews a foster care license.
28,1052 Section 1052. 48.65 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.65 (3) (a) Before the department may issue a license under sub. (1) to a day care center that provides care and supervision for 4 to 8 children, the day care center must pay to the department a biennial fee of $60.50. Before the department may issue a license under sub. (1) to a day care center that provides care and supervision for 9 or more children, the day care center must pay to the department a biennial fee of $30.25, plus a biennial fee of $10.33 $16.94 per child, based on the number of children that the day care center is licensed to serve. A day care center that wishes to continue a license issued under sub. (1) shall pay the applicable fee under this paragraph by the continuation date of the license. A new day care center shall pay the applicable fee under this paragraph no later than 30 days before the opening of the day care center.
28,1053d Section 1053d. 48.651 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.651 (1) (intro.) Each county department shall certify No person, other than a day care center licensed under s. 48.65 or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14), may receive reimbursement for providing child care services for an individual who is determined eligible for a child care subsidy under s. 49.155 unless the person is certified, according to the standards adopted by the department under s. 49.155 (1d), each day care provider reimbursed for child care services provided to families determined eligible under s. 49.155, unless the provider is a day care center licensed under s. 48.65 or is established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14). Each county may charge a fee to cover the costs of certification by the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency with which the department contracts under sub. (2). To be certified under this section, a person must meet the minimum requirements for certification established by the department under s. 49.155 (1d), meet the requirements specified in s. 48.685, and pay the fee specified in this section. The county sub. (2). The department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under sub. (2) shall certify the following categories of day care providers:
28,1054d Section 1054d. 48.651 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.651 (1) (a) Level I certified family day care providers, as established by the department under s. 49.155 (1d). No county may certify a provider may be certified under this paragraph if the provider is a relative of all of the children for whom he or she provides care.
28,1055d Section 1055d. 48.651 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
48.651 (2) The department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more or a county department shall certify day care providers under sub. (1) or the department may contract with a Wisconsin Works agency, as defined in s. 49.001 (9), child care resource and referral agency, or other agency to certify day care providers under sub. (1) in a particular geographic area or for a particular Indian tribal unit. The department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more or a county department that certifies day care providers under sub. (1) may charge a fee to cover the costs of certifying those providers. An agency contracted with under this subsection may charge a fee specified by the department to supplement the amount provided by the department under the contract for certifying day care providers.
28,1055m Section 1055m. 48.651 (2c) of the statutes is created to read:
48.651 (2c) From the allocation under s. 49.175 (1) (p), the department shall do all of the following:
(a) Reimburse a county having a population of 500,000 or more for all approved, allowable certification costs, as provided in s. 49.826 (2) (c).
(b) For contracts with agencies entered into under sub. (2), allocate available funds, as determined by the department, in proportion to the number of certified providers, applications for certification, previously experienced certification costs, estimated certification costs, or such other measures as the department determines.
28,1056d Section 1056d. 48.651 (2m) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.651 (2m) Each The department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under sub. (2) shall provide the department of health services with information about each person who is denied certification for a reason specified in s. 48.685 (4m) (a) 1. to 5.
28,1056t Section 1056t. 48.657 (2m) of the statutes is created to read:
48.657 (2m) The department shall make available on the department's Internet site, as part of the department's licensed day care center search database, a specific description of any violation described in sub. (1) and a description of any steps taken by the day care center to correct the violation.
28,1057 Section 1057. 48.659 of the statutes is created to read:
48.659 Child care quality rating system. The department shall provide a child care quality rating system that rates the quality of the child care provided by a child care provider licensed under s. 48.65 that receives reimbursement under s. 49.155 for the child care provided or that volunteers for rating under this section. The department shall make the rating information provided under that system available to the parents, guardians, and legal custodians of children who are recipients, or prospective recipients, of care and supervision from a child care provider that is rated under this section, including making that information available on the department's Internet site.
28,1058 Section 1058. Subchapter XVI (title) of chapter 48 [precedes 48.66] of the statutes is amended to read:
CHAPTER 48
SUBCHAPTER XVI
LICENSING PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES, FOSTER HOMES, TREATMENT FOSTER HOMES, GROUP HOMES, DAY CARE CENTERS, AND COUNTY DEPARTMENTS
28,1059 Section 1059. 48.66 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.66 (1) (a) Except as provided in s. 48.715 (6) and (7), the department shall license and supervise child welfare agencies, as required by s. 48.60, group homes, as required by s. 48.625, shelter care facilities, as required by s. 938.22, and day care centers, as required by s. 48.65. The department may license foster homes or treatment foster homes, as provided by s. 48.62, and may license and supervise county departments in accordance with the procedures specified in this section and in ss. 48.67 to 48.74. In the discharge of this duty the department may inspect the records and visit the premises of all child welfare agencies, group homes, shelter care facilities, and day care centers and visit the premises of all foster homes and treatment foster homes in which children are placed.
28,1060 Section 1060. 48.66 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.66 (1) (c) A license issued under par. (a) or (b), other than a license to operate a foster home, treatment foster home, or secured residential care center for children and youth, is valid until revoked or suspended. A license issued under this subsection to operate a foster home, treatment foster home, or secured residential care center for children and youth may be for any term not to exceed 2 years from the date of issuance. No license issued under par. (a) or (b) is transferable.
28,1061 Section 1061. 48.67 (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.67 Rules governing child welfare agencies, day care centers, foster homes, treatment foster homes, group homes, shelter care facilities, and county departments. (intro.) The department shall promulgate rules establishing minimum requirements for the issuance of licenses to, and establishing standards for the operation of, child welfare agencies, day care centers, foster homes, treatment foster homes, group homes, shelter care facilities, and county departments. Those rules shall be designed to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the children in the care of all licensees. The department shall consult with the department of commerce, the department of public instruction, and the child abuse and neglect prevention board before promulgating those rules. For foster homes, those rules shall include the rules promulgated under s. 48.62 (8). Those rules shall include rules that require all of the following:
28,1062 Section 1062. 48.67 (4) of the statutes is created to read:
48.67 (4) That all foster parents successfully complete training in the care and support needs of children who are placed in foster care that has been approved by the department. The department shall promulgate rules prescribing the training that is required under this subsection and shall monitor compliance with this subsection according to those rules.
28,1062b Section 1062b. 48.67 (4) of the statutes, as created by this act, is amended to read:
48.67 (4) That all foster parents and treatment foster parents successfully complete training in the care and support needs of children who are placed in foster care or treatment foster care that has been approved by the department. The department shall promulgate rules prescribing the training that is required under this subsection and shall monitor compliance with this subsection according to those rules.
28,1063 Section 1063. 48.675 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.675 (1) Development of program. The department shall develop a foster care education program to provide specialized training for persons operating family foster homes or treatment foster homes. Participation in the program shall be voluntary and shall be limited to persons operating foster homes or treatment foster homes licensed under s. 48.62 and caring for children with special treatment needs.
28,1064 Section 1064. 48.675 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.675 (2) Approval of programs. The department shall promulgate rules for approval of programs to meet the requirements of this section. Such Those programs may include, but need not be limited to: in-service training; workshops and seminars developed by the department or by county departments; seminars and courses offered through public or private education agencies; and workshops, seminars, and courses pertaining to behavioral and developmental disabilities and to the development of mutual support services for foster parents and treatment foster parents. The department may approve programs under this subsection only after consideration of relevant factors including level of education, useful or necessary skills, location, and other criteria as determined by the department.
28,1065 Section 1065. 48.675 (3) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.675 (3) Support services. (intro.) The department shall provide funds from the appropriation under s. 20.437 (1) (a) to enable foster parents and treatment foster parents to attend education programs approved under sub. (2) and shall promulgate rules concerning disbursement of the funds. Moneys disbursed under this subsection may be used for the following purposes:
28,1066 Section 1066. 48.675 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.675 (3) (a) Care of residents of the foster home or treatment foster home during the time of participation in an education program.
28,1067 Section 1067. 48.68 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.68 (1) After receipt of an application for a license, the department shall investigate to determine if the applicant meets the minimum requirements for a license adopted by the department under s. 48.67 and meets the requirements specified in s. 48.685, if applicable. In determining whether to issue or continue a license, the department may consider any action by the applicant, or by an employee of the applicant, that constitutes a substantial failure by the applicant or employee to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of a child. Upon satisfactory completion of this investigation and payment of the fee required under s. 48.615 (1) (a) or (b), 48.625 (2) (a), 48.65 (3) (a), or 938.22 (7) (b), the department shall issue a license under s. 48.66 (1) (a) or, if applicable, a probationary license under s. 48.69 or, if applicable, shall continue a license under s. 48.66 (5). At the time of initial licensure and license renewal, the department shall provide a foster home licensee with written information relating to the age-related monthly foster care rates and supplemental payments specified in s. 48.62 (4), including payment amounts, eligibility requirements for supplemental payments, and the procedures for applying for supplemental payments.
28,1068 Section 1068. 48.685 (1) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (1) (b) "Entity" means a child welfare agency that is licensed under s. 48.60 to provide care and maintenance for children, to place children for adoption, or to license foster homes or treatment foster homes; a foster home or treatment foster home that is licensed under s. 48.62; a group home that is licensed under s. 48.625; a shelter care facility that is licensed under s. 938.22; a day care center that is licensed under s. 48.65 or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14); a day care provider that is certified under s. 48.651; or a temporary employment agency that provides caregivers to another entity.
28,1069 Section 1069. 48.685 (2) (c) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (2) (c) 1. If the person who is the subject of the search under par. (am) is seeking an initial license to operate a foster home or treatment foster home or is seeking relicensure after a break in licensure, the department, county department, or child welfare agency shall request under 42 USC 16962 (b) a fingerprint-based check of the national crime information databases, as defined in 28 USC 534 (f) (3) (A). The department, county department, or child welfare agency may release any information obtained under this subdivision only as permitted under 42 USC 16962 (e).
28,1070 Section 1070. 48.685 (2) (c) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (2) (c) 2. If the person who is the subject of the search under par. (am) is seeking a license to operate a foster home or treatment foster home or is an adult nonclient resident of the foster home or treatment foster home and if the person is not, or at any time within the 5 years preceding the date of the search has not been, a resident of this state, the department, county department, or child welfare agency shall check any child abuse or neglect registry maintained by any state or other U.S. jurisdiction in which the person is a resident or was a resident within those 5 years for information that is equivalent to the information specified in par. (am) 4. The department, county department, or child welfare agency may not use any information obtained under this subdivision for any purpose other than a search of the person's background under par. (am).
28,1071d Section 1071d. 48.685 (4m) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (4m) (a) (intro.) Notwithstanding s. 111.335, and except as provided in par. (ad) and sub. (5), the department may not license, or continue or renew the license of, a person to operate an entity, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may not certify a day care provider under s. 48.651, a county department or a child welfare agency may not license, or renew the license of, a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, and a school board may not contract with a person under s. 120.13 (14), if the department, county department, contracted agency, child welfare agency, or school board knows or should have known any of the following:
28,1072d Section 1072d. 48.685 (4m) (a) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
48.685 (4m) (a) (intro.) Notwithstanding s. 111.335, and except as provided in par. (ad) and sub. (5), the department may not license, or continue or renew the license of, a person to operate an entity, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may not certify a day care provider under s. 48.651, a county department or a child welfare agency may not license, or renew the license of, a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, and a school board may not contract with a person under s. 120.13 (14), if the department, county department, contracted agency, child welfare agency, or school board knows or should have known any of the following:
28,1073d Section 1073d. 48.685 (4m) (ad) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (4m) (ad) The department, a county department, or a child welfare agency may license a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may certify a day care provider under s. 48.651, and a school board may contract with a person under s. 120.13 (14), conditioned on the receipt of the information specified in sub. (2) (am) indicating that the person is not ineligible to be licensed, certified, or contracted with for a reason specified in par. (a) 1. to 5.
28,1074d Section 1074d. 48.685 (4m) (ad) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
48.685 (4m) (ad) The department, a county department, or a child welfare agency may license a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may certify a day care provider under s. 48.651, and a school board may contract with a person under s. 120.13 (14), conditioned on the receipt of the information specified in sub. (2) (am) indicating that the person is not ineligible to be licensed, certified, or contracted with for a reason specified in par. (a) 1. to 5.
28,1075d Section 1075d. 48.685 (5) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (5) (a) Subject to par. (bm), the department may license to operate an entity, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may certify under s. 48.651, a county department or a child welfare agency may license under s. 48.62, and a school board may contract with under s. 120.13 (14) a person who otherwise may not be licensed, certified, or contracted with for a reason specified in sub. (4m) (a) 1. to 5., and an entity may employ, contract with, or permit to reside at the entity a person who otherwise may not be employed, contracted with, or permitted to reside at the entity for a reason specified in sub. (4m) (b) 1. to 5., if the person demonstrates to the department, the county department, the contracted agency, the child welfare agency, or the school board or, in the case of an entity that is located within the boundaries of a reservation, to the person or body designated by the tribe under sub. (5d) (a) 3., by clear and convincing evidence and in accordance with procedures established by the department by rule or by the tribe that he or she has been rehabilitated.
28,1076 Section 1076. 48.685 (5) (bm) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (5) (bm) (intro.) For purposes of licensing a foster home or treatment foster home for the placement of a child on whose behalf foster care maintenance payments under s. 48.62 (4) will be provided, no person who has been convicted of any of the following offenses may be permitted to demonstrate that he or she has been rehabilitated:
28,1077d Section 1077d. 48.685 (5m) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (5m) Notwithstanding s. 111.335, the department may refuse to license a person to operate an entity, a county department or a child welfare agency may refuse to license a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, and an entity may refuse to employ or contract with a caregiver or permit a nonclient resident to reside at the entity if the person has been convicted of an offense that is not a serious crime, but that is, in the estimation of the department, county department, child welfare agency, or entity, substantially related to the care of a client. Notwithstanding s. 111.335, the department may refuse to license a person to operate a day care center, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may refuse to certify a day care provider under s. 48.651, a school board may refuse to contract with a person under s. 120.13 (14), and a day care center that is licensed under s. 48.65 or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14) and or a day care provider that is certified under s. 48.651 may refuse to employ or contract with a caregiver or permit a nonclient resident to reside at the day care center or day care provider if the person has been convicted of or adjudicated delinquent on or after his or her 12th birthday for an offense that is not a serious crime, but that is, in the estimation of the department, county department, contracted agency, school board, day care center, or day care provider, substantially related to the care of a client.
28,1078d Section 1078d. 48.685 (5m) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
48.685 (5m) Notwithstanding s. 111.335, the department may refuse to license a person to operate an entity, a county department or a child welfare agency may refuse to license a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, and an entity may refuse to employ or contract with a caregiver or permit a nonclient resident to reside at the entity if the person has been convicted of an offense that is not a serious crime, but that is, in the estimation of the department, county department, child welfare agency, or entity, substantially related to the care of a client. Notwithstanding s. 111.335, the department may refuse to license a person to operate a day care center, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) may refuse to certify a day care provider under s. 48.651, a school board may refuse to contract with a person under s. 120.13 (14), and a day care center that is licensed under s. 48.65 or established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14) or a day care provider that is certified under s. 48.651 may refuse to employ or contract with a caregiver or permit a nonclient resident to reside at the day care center or day care provider if the person has been convicted of or adjudicated delinquent on or after his or her 12th birthday for an offense that is not a serious crime, but that is, in the estimation of the department, county department, contracted agency, school board, day care center, or day care provider, substantially related to the care of a client.
28,1079d Section 1079d. 48.685 (6) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.685 (6) (a) The department shall require any person who applies for issuance, continuation, or renewal of a license to operate an entity, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) shall require any day care provider who applies for initial certification under s. 48.651 or for renewal of that certification, a county department or a child welfare agency shall require any person who applies for issuance or renewal of a license to operate a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, and a school board shall require any person who proposes to contract with the school board under s. 120.13 (14) or to renew a contract under that subsection, to complete a background information form that is provided by the department.
28,1080d Section 1080d. 48.685 (6) (a) of the statutes, as affected by 2009 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
48.685 (6) (a) The department shall require any person who applies for issuance, continuation, or renewal of a license to operate an entity, the department in a county having a population of 500,000 or more, a county department, or an agency contracted with under s. 48.651 (2) shall require any day care provider who applies for initial certification under s. 48.651 or for renewal of that certification, a county department or a child welfare agency shall require any person who applies for issuance or renewal of a license to operate a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62, and a school board shall require any person who proposes to contract with the school board under s. 120.13 (14) or to renew a contract under that subsection, to complete a background information form that is provided by the department.
28,1081 Section 1081. 48.70 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.70 (2) Special provisions for child welfare agency licenses. A license to a child welfare agency shall also specify the kind of child welfare work the agency is authorized to undertake, whether the agency may accept guardianship of children, whether the agency may place children in foster homes or treatment foster homes, and if so, the area the agency is equipped to serve.
28,1082 Section 1082. 48.73 of the statutes is amended to read:
48.73 Inspection of licensees. The department may visit and inspect each child welfare agency, foster home, treatment foster home, group home, and day care center licensed by it the department, and for such that purpose shall be given unrestricted access to the premises described in the license.
28,1083 Section 1083. 48.75 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.75 (title) Foster homes and treatment foster homes licensed by public licensing agencies and by child welfare agencies.
28,1084 Section 1084. 48.75 (1d) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.75 (1d) Child welfare agencies, if licensed to do so by the department, and public licensing agencies may license foster homes and treatment foster homes under the rules promulgated by the department under s. 48.67 governing the licensing of foster homes and treatment foster homes. A foster home or treatment foster home license shall be issued for a term not to exceed 2 years from the date of issuance, is not transferable, and may be revoked by the child welfare agency or by the public licensing agency because the licensee has substantially and intentionally violated any provision of this chapter or of the rules of the department promulgated pursuant to under s. 48.67 or because the licensee fails to meet the minimum requirements for a license. The licensee shall be given written notice of any revocation and the grounds therefor for the revocation.
28,1085 Section 1085. 48.75 (1r) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.75 (1r) At the time of initial licensure and license renewal, the child welfare agency or public licensing agency issuing a license under sub. (1d) or (1g) shall provide the licensee with written information relating to the age-related monthly foster care rates and supplemental payments specified in s. 48.62 (4), including payment amounts, eligibility requirements for supplemental payments, and the procedures for applying for supplemental payments.
28,1086 Section 1086. 48.75 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.75 (2) Any foster home or treatment foster home applicant or licensee of a public licensing agency or a child welfare agency may, if aggrieved by the failure to issue or renew its license or by revocation of its license, appeal as provided in s. 48.72.
28,1086f Section 1086f. 48.78 (2) (i) of the statutes is created to read:
48.78 (2) (i) Paragraph (a) does not prohibit an agency from disclosing information to a relative of a child placed outside of his or her home only to the extent necessary to facilitate the establishment of a relationship between the child and the relative or a placement of the child with the relative. In this paragraph, "relative" includes a relative whose relationship is derived through a parent of the child whose parental rights are terminated.
28,1087 Section 1087. 48.833 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.833 (1) Placement by department or county department. The department or a county department under s. 48.57 (1) (e) or (hm) may place a child for adoption in a licensed foster home or a licensed treatment foster home without a court order under s. 48.63 (3) (b) or if the department or county department is the guardian of the child or makes the placement at the request of another agency that is the guardian of the child and if the proposed adoptive parents have completed the preadoption preparation required under s. 48.84 (1) or the department or county department determines that the proposed adoptive parents are not required to complete that preparation. When a child is placed under this subsection in a licensed foster home or a licensed treatment foster home for adoption, the department or county department making the placement shall enter into a written agreement with the proposed adoptive parent, which shall state the date on which the child is placed in the licensed foster home or licensed treatment foster home for adoption by the proposed adoptive parent.
28,1088 Section 1088. 48.833 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.833 (2) Placement by child welfare agency. A child welfare agency licensed under s. 48.60 may place a child for adoption in a licensed foster home or a licensed treatment foster home without a court order under s. 48.63 (3) (b) or if the child welfare agency is the guardian of the child or makes the placement at the request of another agency that is the guardian of the child and if the proposed adoptive parents have completed the preadoption preparation required under s. 48.84 (1) or the child welfare agency determines that the proposed adoptive parents are not required to complete that preparation. When a child is placed under this subsection in a licensed foster home or a licensed treatment foster home for adoption, the child welfare agency making the placement shall enter into a written agreement with the proposed adoptive parent, which shall state the date on which the child is placed in the licensed foster home or licensed treatment foster home for adoption by the proposed adoptive parent.
28,1089 Section 1089. 48.837 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.837 (1) In-state adoptive placement. When the proposed adoptive parent or parents of a child reside in this state and are not relatives of the child, a parent having custody of a child and the proposed adoptive parent or parents of the child may petition the court for placement of the child for adoption in the home of the proposed adoptive parent or parents if the home is licensed as a foster home or treatment foster home under s. 48.62.
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