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

    DCFS Memo Series 2004 - 12
    June 23, 2004

  Re: CAPTA: ASSESSING THE
         SAFETY OF
         DRUG-AFFECTED
         INFANTS

 

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 for "the development of a plan of safe care for the infant born and identified as being affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms."

The attached policy is an addition to the Child Protective Service Investigation Standards and describes the requirement to accept referrals of drug-affected infants and develop a safety plan if the child is unsafe. The policy is effective June 25, 2004.

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:
Assessing the Safety of Drug-Affected Infants (PDF 22 kb)

cc:

County CPS Supervisors


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