DCFS INFO MEMO 99-12

       November 12, 1999

STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
 

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Department of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
    Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Program Office Directors/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus
Administrator
Re: Exceptions to Child Abuse and Neglect Confidentiality Requirement

 The Governor recently signed the biennial budget (1999 WI Act 9). Included in that act were some changes to Ch. 48. Among those changes was an additional exception to the child abuse and neglect confidentiality provisions. This change expands parental authorization for disclosure of a child’s record by allowing either parent of a child to disclose a record for use in an adoption proceeding under s.48.833 (1), 48.835, 48.837 or 48.839 when the child has been the subject of a report. As with the limitations previously set forth in s. 48.981(7), any information that would identify a reporter must be deleted before disclosure of the record.

A copy of this portion of 1999 Wisconsin Act 9 is attached for your convenience.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT: Area Administrator
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Amy E. Smith
Child Protective Services Specialist
DHFS/DCFS/BPP
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: (608) 267-7732
FAX: 608-0264-6750
e-mail: smithae@dhfs.state.wi.us

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