Thursday, March 22nd

Over the last year, Jackson County has implemented the Child Safety Decision-Making Model pilot, which has led to many changes in the Jackson County children’s court judicial process and is helping make sure the right decisions are being made about vulnerable children.

The Child Safety Decision Making Subcommittee was created in 2014 after the Wisconsin Commission on Children, Families and the Courts realized that their social workers, judges, lawyers and other members of the system were not all on the same page when it came to the language used in child welfare cases.

“Social workers have their language. They have a lot of items they learn through their safety intervention training as to when they should be removing children. Attorneys have their legalese and we are looking at the code itself to see what is in the code in regards to being able to remove a child.