Contact Person: Paula L. Brown, Child Welfare Practice Review Specialist DCF/DSP
Contact Address: Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families, 125 S. Webster Street, P O Box 8916, Madison, WI 53708-8916 Contact Phone: 608-266-0579
Brief Description: Wisconsin has four state designated citizen review panels. These panels are located in Marathon County, Outagamie County, Pierce County and Milwaukee County. The Marathon and Outagamie Counties’ Citizen Review Panels are two of Wisconsin’s original panels, formally recognized by the Department and operating since 2000. The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council was designated a citizen review panel in January 2008, and Pierce County launched its citizen review panel in 2009.
Last Annual Report submitted: June 2012
Sample of Current Work Projects/Focus: In 2012, the Child Fatality Review System workgroup, a subcommittee of citizen review panel members from the four local panels, completed its report on the panels’ review and analysis of 2010 incidents of child death, serious injury and egregious abuse or neglect in Wisconsin. The group presented its findings to the Department of Children and Families administration and at the National Citizen Review Panel Conference. Also in 2012, the DCF added the citizen review panels to the DCF web site. The site contains information about the function of the panels, CRP Coordinator Contacts, annual reports, DCF responses to the annual reports, and the Child Fatality Review System Report. A Notice of Interest to encourage individuals, groups, or other interested parties to inquire about becoming a Wisconsin panel is also posted on the web site.
Budget Amount and Source: In 2013, all of the citizen review panels will receive CAPTA funds in the amount of $7,000 per panel. In addition, each panel is supported and coordinated with assistance from the child protective services agency in that county.