2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
December 27, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Subeck, Snyder, Billings,
Ballweg, Doyle, Novak, Meyers, Katsma, Pronschinske, Rodriguez,
Kitchens, Anderson, Barca, Berceau, Born, E. Brooks, Brostoff,
Felzkowski, Fields, Genrich, Kolste, Krug, Kulp, Mursau, Ohnstad,
Petersen, Petryk, Ripp, Rohrkaste, Sargent, Shankland, Sinicki, Spreitzer,
Steineke, Summerfield, Swearingen, C. Taylor, Tittl, Tranel, VanderMeer,
Vruwink, Zamarripa and Zepnick, cosponsored by Senators Olsen,
Larson, L. Taylor and Vinehout. Referred to Committee on Children and
1An Act to create
20.437 (1) (bg) of the statutes; relating to: funding for grants
2to support foster parents and foster children and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides $400,000 in funding to the Department of Children and
Families for grant to counties, tribes, and nonprofits to support foster parents and
provide normalcy for children in out-of-home care.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert 4
the following amounts for the purposes indicated:
- See PDF for table
20.437 (1) (bg) of the statutes is created to read:
(bg) Grants to support foster parents and children.
The amounts in 3
the schedule for grants by the department of children and families under 2017 4
Wisconsin Act .... (this act), section 3
(1) Grants to support foster parents and children.
The department of 7
children and families shall distribute not more than $400,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 8
in grants to counties, nonprofit organizations, or tribes for the purpose of supporting 9
foster parents and providing normalcy for children in out-of-home care. Qualifying 10
expenses may include incentives for the retention of foster parents, enhancing foster 11
parent education, and reimbursing foster parents for foster care related expenses. 12
The department shall conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the grant program 13
in achieving its stated goals and, by June 30, 2021, shall submit a report on that 14
evaluation to the appropriate standing committees under section 13.172 (3).