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

   DCFS Memo Series 2004 - 11
    June 23, 2004

Re:  CAPTA: CPS REFERRALS
         TO THE BIRTH TO 3
          PROGRAM

 

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
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators

From:

Kitty Kocol
Administrator

 BACKGROUND

In June of 2003, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was reauthorized by Congress. It contained several new requirements for child protective service (CPS) practice. One requirement is that there be provisions and procedures for referral of a child under the age of three years who has been substantiated as abused or neglected to the Birth to 3 Program.

The attached policy is an addition to the Child Protective Service Investigation Standards and describes the requirement for referring a child as described above to the Birth to 3 Program. The policy is effective June 25, 2004. More information about the Birth to 3 Program may be found at the website www.dhfs.wisconsin.gov/bdds/birthto3.

REGIONAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Area Administrator

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT:

Mary Dibble
Child Protective Services Specialist
DHFS/DCFS/BPP
P.O. Box 8916
Madison, WI 53708-8916
Phone: 608-267-2073
E-Mail: dibblms@dhfs.state.wi.us

Attachment:
Referral Of Young Children To The Birth-To-3 Program (PDF 22 kb)

cc:

County CPS Supervisors


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