In Wisconsin it is criminal neglect for a person who is responsible for a child’s welfare who, through his or her action or failure to take action, for reasons other than poverty, negligently fails to provide any of the following, so as to seriously endanger the physical, mental, or emotional health of the child, is guilty of neglect and may be penalized. Wisc. Stat. § 948.21 “The following” include:
While supervision is not explicitly listed, we assume supervision could fall under “necessary care” as this law is intermated.
Neglect is defined as failure to provide food, shelter and other necessary care; supervision is not specifically enumerated in the Children’s Code at Wisc. Stat. § 48.02. The Wisconsin child welfare policy manual makes clear that care includes “supervision,” stating as follows: the unmodified term “care” in the definition can be assumed to include, at a minimum, a level of supervision consistent with the child’s needs as well as protection from dangers that a caregiver can reasonably be expected to foresee and prevent. DCF Policy Standards at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/cwportal/policy/pdf/access-ia-standards.pdf (p. 83).
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Right now, most states’ neglect laws are incredibly open-ended. They say things like, “Parent must provide proper supervision.” We agree! But people have different ideas of what that entails. Select a state below to learn more about their laws, policies and how Let Grow is helping.
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