INFO MEMO 2001-10

June 27, 2001

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

To:

Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities 
        Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators

From:

Susan N. Dreyfus
Administrator

Re:

Enactment of Act 2, Relinquishing Custody of a 
Newborn Child

 

The Governor recently signed into law 2001 Wisconsin Act 2 (Assembly Bill 54). This new law allows parents to anonymously relinquish custody of a newborn who is less than 72 hours old. The infant may be turned over to a law enforcement officer, an emergency medical technician, or a hospital staff member, who subsequently must turn the child over to a court intake worker.

The law grants rule-making authority to the Department of Health and Family Services. We are currently in the process of developing that administrative rule. We will keep you informed as that rule process moves forward.

A copy of 2001 Wisconsin Act 2 is attached for your convenience.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Area Administrator

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Sarah Lord
Program Integration Specialist
DHFS/DCFS/BPP
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: (608) 261-8316
FAX: (608) 264-6750
E-Mail: lordsa@dhfs.state.wi.us

cc

County Foster Care Coordinators
Private Foster Care Agency Contacts

Attachment:  
Wisconsin Act 2  (PDF Exit DHFS)


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