Press Release January 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
Two Rep. Loudenbeck Bills Pass Assembly
Bills to Support Youth in Out-of-Home Care Headed to Governor’s Desk for Signature
Madison – Twobills authored by Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) passed the Assembly on a voice vote today. The bills will bring Wisconsin into compliance with the new federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Act of 2014, and improves a variety of policies related to children in out-of-home care.
Senate Bill 309 addresses a number of issues intended to enhance the well-being of children and youth in the foster care system. Specifically, Senate Bill 309 does the following:
- Incorporates a reasonable and prudent parent standard into the Children’s Code and the Juvenile Justice Code, so that out-of-home care providers can make decisions about children in their care;
- limits to use of “Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangements” to children 16 years of age or over; and
- reduces the age of youth to begin to receive independent living planning services from 16 to 14 years old.
A reasonable and prudent parenting standard is a standard of decision making characterized by careful and sensible parental decisions that maintain the health, safety and best interests of a child while at the same time encouraging the emotional and developmental growth of the child.
“Children in out-of-home care will benefit from increased participation in normal, age-appropriate experiences. This bill allows out-of-home care providers to make reasonable and prudent decisions to allow children and youth in their care to participate in extracurricular, enrichment, cultural and social activities such as sports, scout camping trips, vacations and school field trips,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.
Senate Bill 308 permits asubsidized guardianship agreement or amended subsidized guardianship agreement to also name a prospective successor guardian to assume the duty and authority of guardianship on the death or incapacity of the subsidized guardian if certain other conditions are met.
“Permanency outcomes and stability for children and families will be improved when a prospective successor guardian is named in the subsidized guardianship agreement,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.
Both bills were co-authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and passed the Senate on January 12, 2016. The bills will be forwarded to Governor Scott Walker for his signature.