How to get a child guardian if you’re a parent of a child in foster care
A child guardian may be needed in Wisconsin if you or your spouse is caring for a child under the age of 18.
Wisconsin law doesn’t specify who must get a guardian, but there are three options: The state Department of Health or the state Department for Children and Families may appoint a guardian; The court can appoint a non-custodial guardian; or A child or foster parent may get a legal guardian.
A legal guardian in Wisconsin is someone who is legally responsible for the welfare of a minor, regardless of whether they have a relationship with that child.
A non-parent of a noncustochial child can also be a guardian of a custodial parent, which means they can have custody of the child even if the child has not been placed with a foster parent.
A foster parent can also appoint a legal custodian, but the state can’t do that.
For more information, see Child and Foster Care Law and Policy.
Read more about child and foster care.
Child and foster child care The state of Wisconsin can appoint an adoptive parent to be the child’s legal guardian if they are under 18 years old.
If the child is under 18, the court must appoint a court-appointed guardian who will be under the child care laws.
A child and adoptive parent can only be appointed as a child or adoptive parent if the state provides a guardian order for the child.
This order requires the guardian to be present in the home when the child attends school.
The state can also provide a temporary guardian order.
These orders may only be revoked if the court finds that the child needs to be removed from the home.
For information about child care in Wisconsin, see Children and Foster Parents.
Wisconsin Child and Family Law Child abuse and neglect cases can be heard in a child custody hearing, which is similar to a civil case, where the child or their parent is in custody.
The judge may hear child abuse or neglect cases.
A civil case typically involves the child and the parent involved, or a couple or a group of people.
A custody case typically means a family that has a child who has physical or mental health problems.
For details about child custody in Wisconsin or to schedule a hearing, contact the Department of Family Services at (608) 725-2477.
Child Protective Services Wisconsin’s child protection division has a website where parents can find out more about children and foster parents.
Read about child abuse and family violence in Wisconsin.
The Child Protective Service has a list of resources that can help parents and child care workers in protecting their children.
Contact the Child Protective Agency of Wisconsin to learn more about your options for child protection.
For a list that includes the most current information, click here.
Child Abuse in Wisconsin Parents can file a complaint with the Department for Child and Protective Services (DCPS) if a child abuse, neglect or protective services report is received by the agency.
The DCPS can review the report and make recommendations to the local child protective services agency.
This agency must also provide the child a copy of the report, along with the findings and conclusions.
If a child has a protective service need, the DCPS must notify the parent or child’s guardian.
This notification must be made to the DCSS website.
The child must be present for the hearing.
The hearing must be held within three months of the complaint being filed.
If it is not completed within three days, DCSS can notify the DCIPO of the delay.
The parents may also file a written complaint with a court if the DCIPS does not follow its procedures.
Read how to file a child cruelty complaint.
Child abuse in Wisconsin can be reported to Child Protective and Protective Service (CPPS) by calling (608)-532-5201.
If an individual files a complaint against a parent, the CPS must notify DCIPOs of the matter.
This can be done by sending a written notice to the parent’s address.
The CPS must respond within 72 hours.
If there is no response within 72 days, the complaint can be filed with a complaint, as described above, or the individual can file it with the courts.
In addition, the child can file an official complaint with an administrative law judge (ALJ), which means the child will be referred to a special prosecutor for criminal investigation.
The ALJ must file a report with the court.
The complaint must include a list, a statement of facts, and a statement that the complaint has been dismissed.
The report must be in the county where the alleged abuse or negligence occurred.
The parent can file the complaint with their county court clerk.
If they don’t file the report within 60 days of the alleged incident, the case will be dismissed.
If CPS fails to respond within 60 or 72 days to a complaint filed by the parent, then the complaint may be referred back to the court for further investigation.
If child abuse is found, the accused parent may have their child removed from their custody.
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