STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
                  Memo Series DCFS 99-12
                  July 28, 1999

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

              (Replaces DCFS 98-08)

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

Attached is the revised document entitled "Case Finding Determinations in Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect." It provides policies and guidelines for determining case findings in reports of alleged child abuse and neglect, per s. 48.981(3)(c)4., 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. The memo was formally issued in August of 1998, encompassing changes that had been made in the interim in statutory definitions of child abuse. In October of 1998, counties were required to implement an appeals process for persons substantiated as having abused or neglected a child. The appeals process raised issues requiring further clarification in this memo.

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

Attachment:

Case Findings Determinations in Cases of Child Abuse & Neglect (PDF 106 kb)


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