STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
           MEMO SERIES DCFS 98-08
           August 10, 1998  

  Re: CASE FINDING DETERMINATIONS
         IN CASES OF CHILD ABUSE
         AND NEGLECT

 

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
County Child Protective Services Supervisors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
    Services Directors
Licensing Chiefs
Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus
Administrator

Attached is the final document entitled "Case Finding Determinations in Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect." It provides policy and guidelines for determining case findings in reports of alleged child abuse and neglect, per s. 48.981(3)(c)4., Wis. Stats.

The policy on case finding determinations was initially developed concurrently with the 1996 revisions in the CFS-40 (previously DCS-40) form and "DCS-40 Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Report Instructions" published in January of 1996. Both documents use the same case finding determinations. This memo describes the process and criteria for arriving at case determinations. The "DCS-40 Child Abuse and Neglect Investigation Report Instructions" describe how to document information on the reporting form.

A draft of this memo was issued at the same time as the 1996 revisions in the reporting form. The draft was to be used as guidelines. Since that time, changes have been made in statutory definitions of child abuse, requiring changes in the draft memo. This memo encompasses current statutory definitions.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT: Area Administrators
CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Mary Dibble
Bureau of Programs and Policies
(608) 267-2073

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