Governor Scott Walker signed four bills into law Monday at the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families in Milwaukee to strengthen the state’s adoption processes and connect children with loving adoptive families in Wisconsin, according to a release from the Governor's Office.
“Children and families are the foundation of our state, and the bills we’re signing into law today help create strong families,” Governor Walker said. “We know families are a primary source of love and support for Wisconsin’s children, and we will continue to work with public, private, and tribal agencies to connect children seeking adoption with loving families.”
These bills improve and strengthen Wisconsin’s adoption processes by providing a standardized procedure for adoptive parents, increasing the amount of training required for parents, establishing an effective process for foreign adoptions, and reporting information regarding a child who has been adopted before.
Assembly Bill 39, now Act 378, expands jurisdiction and venue in adoption cases by allowing a petition for adoption or adoptive placement of a child to be heard in a county in which a petition for termination of parental rights of a child was filed or granted. A home study, using a standardized system, is also required and must be conducted before a child ...