Milwaukee County Courts
 

Vel Phillips Youth & Family Justice Center

CHIPS/JIPS Petitions, Delinquency, Guardianship

Who We Are

Children's Court exercise jurisdiction over matters involving juveniles under the age of 17 regarding delinquencies. In addition, we have jurisdiction involving individuals under the age of 18 regarding neglect, abuse, guardianship, termination of parental rights, adoption, child abuse injunctions, civil harassments involving minors, ordinance violations and permanency plan review hearings.

Vel R. Phillips Youth & Family Justice Center (Children’s Court Center), 10201 W. Watertown Plank Rd.


Guardianship Forms

Become Standby or Successor Guardian

GN-3435: Petition for Guardianship of a Minor

To appoint a standby or successor guardian after the guardianship has been established (with hearing).

Download Form | Summary | Sample

GF-150: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit

To meet the jurisdictional requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (chapter 822, Wisconsin Statutes) by providing information concerning a child for any “child custody proceeding.”

Download Form | Summary | Sample

GN-3140: Statement of Acts by Proposed Guardian and Consent to Serve as Guardian

Statement of Acts of proposed guardian and consent of guardian to serve.

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MKE Co. 1877-1 R2: Minor Guardianship Questionnaire

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Petition for Guardianship of a Minor

GN-3290: Petition for Guardianship of a Minor

Initiate guardianship of a minor.

Download Form | Summary | Sample 

GF-150: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit

To meet the jurisdictional requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (chapter 822, Wisconsin Statutes) by providing information concerning a child for any “child custody proceeding.”

Download Form | Summary

GN-3140: Statement of Acts by Proposed Guardian and Consent to Serve as Guardian

Download Form | Summary | Sample 

MKE Co. 1877-7 R2: Minor Guardianship Questionnaire

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Petition for Review of Conduct of Guardian

GN-3670: Petition for Review of Conduct of Guardian

To request review of conduct of guardian.

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GF-150: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit

To meet the jurisdictional requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (chapter 822, Wisconsin Statutes) by providing information concerning a child for any “child custody proceeding.” 

Download Form | Summary

JD-1738A: Request to Inspect Juvenile Court Records

Statement of Acts of proposed guardian and consent of guardian to serve.

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Petition to Terminate CHIPS (Ch. 48) Guardianship

See the Information Packet: (Petition to Terminate Chapter 48 Guardianship)

Note: This only applies to Chapter 48 (CHIPS) Guardianship Cases! 

JC-1628: Petition for Termination of Guardianship Under 48.977

To petition the court for termination of a guardianship or to revise the guardianship order under Chapter 48.

Download Form | Summary | Sample 

GF-150: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit

To meet the jurisdictional requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (chapter 822, Wisconsin Statutes) by providing information concerning a child for any “child custody proceeding.”

Download Form | Summary

MKE Co. 1877-7 R2: Minor Guardianship Questionnaire 

Download Form

Petition to Termination (Ch. 54) Guardianship

See the Information Packet: (Petition for Termination of Guardianship of a Minor)

Note: This only applies to Chapter 54 Guardianship Cases. 

GN-3650: Petition for Termination of Guardianship of Person/Estate 

To request termination of guardianship.

Download Form | Summary | Sample 

GF-150: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit

To meet the jurisdictional requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (chapter 822, Wisconsin Statutes) by providing information concerning a child for any “child custody proceeding.”

Download Form | Summary

MKE Co. 1877-7 R2: Minor Guardianship Questionnaire 

Download Form


Juvenile Delinquency Forms

JD-1771: Petition for Removal of Firearm Restriction (Juvenile)

To allow an individual who has been adjudicated delinquent for a felony to ask a court to remove the firearms restrictions.

Download | Summary 

JD-1772: Order Concerning Removal of Firearm Restriction (Juvenile)

Court order on petition of an individual who has been adjudicated delinquent to remove the firearms restrictions.

Download | Summary

JD-1780: Petition to Expunge Court Record of Adjudication/Recommendation of District Attorney

To provide a standardized form for requesting expunction of the court record of the adjudication. It also provides a means for the district attorney to make recommendation on the petition prior to filing with the court.

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JD-1781: Order Concerning Petition to Expunge Court Record of Adjudication

To provide a formal order on a petition to expunge the court record of a juvenile's adjudication of delinquency.

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Records

Generally, records of the circuit courts are open to the public. However, Children's Court records are NOT available to the public without the written approval of a judge. By state law, we are required to charge $1.25 per page for copies of court records. The Children's Court Record Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Forms

JD-1739: Authorization and Order to Open Court Records for Inspection

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Guides

State Packet: Adoption Records Search Program

Download Guide 

CHIPS/JIPS Petitions

Children in Need of Protection and Service/Juveniles in Need of Protection and Service

JD-1721: Petition under Ch. 938 (Delinquency, Protection/Services, Civil Law/Ordinances)

Formal request to invoke the court's jurisdiction to adjudicate a juvenile as delinquent, JIPS, or for a civil law or ordinance violation.

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JC-1610: Petition for Protection or Services (Ch. 48)

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Family Intervention Support and Services (FISS)

Is your teenager out of control?

Do you want to go to court?

(414) 257-4319

My child, age 12-17:

  • Skips school
  • Comes and goes as he/she pleases
  • Curses and is disrespectful
  • Fights and argues with everyone
  • Is/may be sexually active
  • Is/may be using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Runs away
  • Stays out all night

And I have:

  • Sought help through the church or community agencies
  • Asked my child's school for help
  • Talked to my child's doctor about options
  • Checked with my HMO or insurance company to see what type of services they cover such as family or individual counseling

But my child is still out of control!

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  I want to go to court. What do I need to do?

The judges require parents seeking court intervention for a child ages 12-17 be referred to the FISS Program. Going to court is limited to those families who have gone through a FISS assessment and fully participated in the services offered by either the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare - Safety Service, or the Department of Human Services - Delinquency and Court Service.

  What is the FISS Program?

FISS stands for Family Intervention Support and Services. A FISS assessment worker completes an assessment on the child, parents or legal guardians and any other adult living within the child's home who is looking for help from the courts due to concerns regarding their child ages 12-17. The FISS program refers families to the appropriate service providers to seek solutions to the problems.

  How do I contact the FISS Program?

Call (414) 273-5322 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and tell them that you have been referred for a FISS assessment by the courts.

  Will this cost me anything?

No. An assessment is free.

  Where is the FISS Program located?

The FISS Program is located at the Perez-Pena LTD, 126 S. 2nd St., Milwaukee Map

  When I call the FISS Program, what will happen?

The FISS Program will make an appointment with your family at Perez-Pena LTD to assess your child, you and any other adult living within your home. You and your child are required to participate in the assessment.

  How long will it take before they do an assessment?

An assessment should be set up within 48 hours of your call. If that time is not convenient for your family, FISS will work around your schedule.

  After the assessment is completed, what happens next?

The FISS Program will refer your family to one of the following:

  • Community resources and/or your insurance provider to see what services they may cover for you.
  • Your child's assigned school to assist with the school issues.
  • The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW-SS) Safety Services.
  • The Department of Human Services Delinquency Court Services (DHSDCS).
  • The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Intake (BMCW).

If community resources, your insurance provider, or your child's assigned school did not help resolve your problem, then your family will be referred to either BMCW-SS or DHSDCS by the FISS Program for services.

  What if I don't want to go to the FISS Program? I want to go to court.

You cannot go to court if your family has not been assessed by the FISS program and your family has not participated in the services offered by BMCW-SS or DHSDCS. Not calling the FISS Program is just delaying a resolution to the problems.

  After my family participates in the BMCW or MCDHS services and I still want to go to court, what do I do?

Pro se petitioners seeking court intervention after they completed services offered through BMCW or DHSDCS can only file a Request for an Order to File a CHiPS/JiPS Petition.  In order to file the Request, you must submit the following to receive a court date:

  • Request for an Order to File a CHiPS/JiPS Petition
  • Service Plan

These forms are available through the service agenct that the FISS Program referred you to, either BMCW or MCDHS.

In addition, BMCW or MCDHS will give you an informational brochure entitled Filing a Request for an Order to File a CHiPS or JiPS Petition.

Please read this brochure carefully as a request may be dismissed if certain information is missing.

  If my child is under 12 and I need help, what do I do?

Call (414) 220-SAFE (7233) and tell them you have been referred by the court as your child is under 12 and you need help.

  What is a Request for an Order to File a CHiPS/JiPS Petition?

CHiPS: "Children in Need of Protection and Service." CHiPS applies to all children 17 and under.

JiPS: "Juveniles in Need of Protection and Services." JiPS applies to children 10-17 years old.

A Request is a legal document asking the court to order that the case by referred to the District Attorney's Office for a CHiPS or JiPS petition.

  My child is not going to school and I do not want to be fined or go to jail. If I file a CHiPS or JiPS petition, can I avoid being charged?

No.  Participating in the FISS Program will not stop the District Attorney's Office from charging you. However, under certain circumstances, the District Attorney's Office might recommend that you contact the FISS Program instead of charging you.


Other Children's Forms and Resources

MKE Co: Affidavit of Personal Service

Download Form | Personal Service Requirements

MKE Co: Petition for Visitation by a Minor's Grandparents and Stepparents (Ch. 54)

Downlaod Form | Information Packet

GF-150: Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Affidavit 

Download Form | Summary

Children's Court Resources

MILWAUKEE COUNTY CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURTS

901 N. 9th Street, Room 104
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
(414) 278-4190

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Customer Service Hours: 9 to 11 a.m. & 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
(Subject to DRIP Availability)

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