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Special Committee on Adoption and Termination of Parental Law

Chair: Rep. Suzanne Jeskewitz
Legislative Council Staff: Anne Sappenfield and Laura Rose
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The special committee is directed to study current law relating to adoption and termination of parental rights (TPR) to determine whether modifications could be made to encourage adoptions in Wisconsin and to make the adoption and TPR processes more efficient and more cost effective.  The committee shall consider creating a state tax credit for adoption expenses.  The committee shall also study TPR and adoption in the context of the child welfare system to ensure compliance with federal law and that permanency is achieved for children as quickly as possible.

Report to Legislature
April 6, 2005 Joint Legislative Council Meeting
February 18, 2005 Meeting
  • WLC: 0026/3, relating to fair hearings for head of foster, treatment foster, or group home
  • WLC: 0033/2, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights ground of continuing need of protection and services
  • WLC: 0038/4, relating to declarations of paternal interest
  • WLC: 0045/2, relating to specifying that evidentiary privilege does not apply to statements made by a parent during the course of an alcohol and drug abuse assessment or a mental, physical, psychological or developmental examination of the parent in a termination of parental rights proceeding
  • WLC: 0087/2, relating to advertising related to adoption
  • WLC: 0088/2, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights on the grounds of continuing need of protection or services
  • WLC: 0094/2, relating to training for prospective adoptive parents
  • WLC: 0114/1, relating to enlargement of time for filing a notice of appeal in a termination of parental rights proceeding
  • WLC: 0128/1, relating to requiring voluntary agreement for child placement or a guardianship order to remain in effect during the pendency of a termination of parental rights proceedings
  • WLC: 0130/1, relating to hearing to review agency decision of order affecting placement of a child
January 21, 2005 Meeting
  • WLC: 0026/2, relating to fair hearings for head of foster, treatment foster, or group home.
  • WLC: 0028/2, relating to filing of notice of intent to appeal.
  • WLC: 0030/2, relating to creating a time limit for collateral attack on termination of parental rights judgment.
  • WLC: 0038/3, relating to declarations of paternal interest.
  • WLC: 0044/2, relating to the role of a guardian ad litem appointed for a parent in a contested termination of parental rights proceeding involving a child found to be in need of protection or services.
  • WLC: 0087/1, relating to advertising related to adoption.
  • WLC: 0088/1, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights on the grounds of continuing need of protection or services.
  • WLC: 0091/1, relating to posttermination of parental rights contact between a child and the child's birth parents, birth siblings, and other birth relatives.
  • WLC: 0092/1, relating to notice that a person receiving child welfare services has changed his or her county of residence.
  • WLC: 0094/1, relating to training for prospective adoptive parents.
  • WLC: 0095/1, relating to indigency determinations made by the state public defender in termination of parental rights proceedings.
  • WLC: 0098/1, relating to continuing representation of a person in a termination of parental rights proceeding.
  • WLC: 0103/1, relating to requiring the court to advise a part of time limits in termination of parental rights proceedings.
  • Draft letter to Secretary Helene Nelson, Department of Health and Family Services.
  • Draft letter to Representative Curt Gielow, Chair, Assembly Committee on Medicaid Reform.
  • Draft letter to A. John Voelker, Director, Director of State Courts Office.
  • Memorandum, from Attorney Judith Sperling-Newton.
  • Email, from Marcia MacKenzie, Dane County Corporation Counsel.
December 14, 2004 Meeting
  • WLC: 0015/2, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights based upon failure to assume parental responsibility.
  • WLC: 0033/1, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights ground of continuing need of protection and services.
  • WLC: 0032/1, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights on the ground that the child is in need of protection or services and that parental rights to another child have been terminated.
  • WLC: 0034/1, relating to creating involuntary termination of parental rights ground of continuing incarceration.
  • WLC: 0035/1, relating to notice of a termination of parental rights proceeding to parents of a child whose custody was relinquished.
  • WLC: 0038/2, relating to declarations of paternal interest.
  • WLC: 0040/1, relating to permitting a parent who is unable to appear in person at a hearing on the voluntary termination of his or her parental rights to give consent by telephone or live audiovisual means.
  • WLC: 0043/1, relating to requiring a person to file a notice of abandonment of appeal within 30 days after service of the transcript in a termination of parental rights case.
  • WLC: 0044/1, relating to the role of a guardian ad litem appointed for a parent in a contested termination of parental rights proceeding involving a child found to be in need of protection or services.
  • WLC: 0045/1, relating to specifying that evidentiary privilege does not apply to statements made by a parent during the course of an alcohol and drug abuse assessment or a mental, physical, psychological or developmental examination of the parent in a termination of parental rights proceeding.
  • WLC: 0070/1, relating to grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights.
  • WLC: 0071/1, relating to permitting adoptees to obtain access to medical and genetic and identifying information about their birth siblings.
  • WLC: 0073/1, relating to specifying the Milwaukee child welfare agency’s right to appeal administrative hearing decisions on licensure of a foster home or treatment foster home.
  • WLC: 0074/1, relating to permitting placement of a child in the home of a proposed adoptive parent or parents who live out-of-state.
  • Draft letter to Secretary Helene Nelson, Department of Health and Family Services.
  • Letter, from Senator Tom Reynolds, dated October 13, 2004.
  • Email, from John Talis, dated November 18, 2004.
  • Memorandum, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. Concerns, from Bob Anderson, League Action of Wisconsin, Inc., dated December 3, 2004.
  • Memorandum, Statistics Regarding TPR Jury Trials and Court Trials in TPR Cases, dated December 14, 2004 ,from Joseph Ehmann
  • Memorandum, Judicial Council Appellate Procedure Committee Requests, from Joseph Ehmann, Judicial Council Appellate Procedure Committee Requests, dated December 14, 2004
October 13, 2004 Meeting
  • Memo No. 5, Definition of “Relative” Following a Termination of Parental Rights (10-4-04)
  • Memo No. 6, Adoption and Post-Adoption Financial and Other Assistance (10-5-04)
    • Enclosure, Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth:  Conditions of Youth Preparing to Leave State Care
  • Memo No. 7, Summary of the October 4, 2004 Meeting of the Birth Father Registry Working Group  (10-13-04)
  • WLC: 0015/1, relating to involuntary termination of parental rights based upon failure to assume parental responsibility
  • WLC: 0016/1, relating to adoption expenses
  • WLC: 0026/1, relating to fair hearings for head of foster, treatment foster, or group home
  • WLC: 0027/1, relating to prohibiting visitation prior to termination of parental rights
  • WLC: 0028/1, relating to filing of notice of intent to appeal
  • WLC: 0029/1, relating to false statements in the course of a termination of parental rights proceeding and providing a penalty
  • WLC: 0030/1, relating to creating a time limit for bringing a collateral attack against a judgment terminating parental rights
  • Facts and Procedural Status, submitted by Public Member Christopher Foley (undated)
  • Memorandum, Declarations of Paternal Interest; Abandonment and Failure to Assume Parental Responsibility, submitted by Public Member Christopher Foley (9-22-04)
  • Presentation by Representative David Ward
  • Memorandum, Legislative Changes Necessary to Allow Compliance with ASFA and The Federal Lawsuit Consent Decree, submitted by Mary Sowinski, Assistant District Attorney, Milwaukee County (10-13-04)
  • Testimony and enclosures, Adoption Assistance Amendments, presented by Dale W. Langer, Bureau of Programs and Policies, Division of Children and Family Services, Department of Health and Family Services
September 15, 2004 Meeting
  • Memo No. 1, Declarations of Paternal Interest (9-2-04)
  • Memo No. 2, 2003-04 Legislation on Adoption Tax Credits (9-2-04)
  • Memo No. 3, Legislation Introduced by the 1996 Joint Legislative Council Special Committee on Adoption Laws (9-7-04)
    •  Report No. 4, Legislation on Adoption Laws, Adoption Assistance and Long-Term
       Kinship Care (12-3-97) 
      (Enclosed with Memo No. 3)
  • Memo No. 4, Options for Legislation Relating to Termination of Parental Rights (9-8-04)
  • Memorandum, Possible Discussion Points for Chapter 48, submitted by Public Member Patrick Kenney (8-28-04)
  • List of Proposals, submitted by Public Member Mary Jane Proft (undated).
  • List of Proposals, submitted by Public Member Stephen Hayes
August 24, 2004 Meeting
  • Staff Brief 04-1, Adoption and Termination of Parental Rights Law (8-17-04)
  • Testimony, Elizabeth Schaefer, Director of Adoption Services, Lutheran Social Services
  • Outline for Panel Presentation, Department of Health and Family Services
    • Testimony, Pre TPR Special Needs Adoption Process, Denise Revels Robinson and Catherine Swessel
    • Testimony, Ongoing Case Management (OCM) and Adoption, Denise Revels Robinson and Catherine Swessel
    • Testimony, Post TPR Special Needs Adoption Process, Denise Revels Robinson and Catherine Swessel
    • Testimony, Adoption and TPR Related Items From the Children and Family Services Review Program Enhancement Plan, Mark D. Campbell, Director, Bureau of Programs and Policies
    • Testimony, Special Needs Adoption Program, Mark D. Campbell, Director, Bureau of Programs and Policies
    • Testimony, Background on the Concept of Permanence, Mark S. Mitchell, Manager, Child Welfare Policy Development Section