Child Abuse and Neglect Program 
(Child Protective Service)

Wisconsin Statutes /Administrative Codes


State Statutes are laws created by the Wisconsin State Legislature that all agencies must follow. 

Administrative Rules are written by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and must be submitted to the Wisconsin State Legislature for approval.  Most often there are statutory requirements that direct the Department to create administrative rules.  All agencies in Wisconsin must follow Administrative Rules.

  • DCF 39, Relinquishing Custody of a Newborn Child

  • DHS 12, Caregiver Background Checks 

  • Chapter 48.685, Criminal History and Child Abuse Record Search



Last Revised: August 01, 2016

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