Wisconsin Foster Care
- Foster parents give a child a safe and loving place to stay while
the child’s parents are unable to provide for them. These children
come from a wide variety of backgrounds and situations. They are
children of all ages and races. The children in the most need of homes
are children with special needs, including teenagers, siblings and
children with physical, emotional or behavioral disabilities. Above
all, most of these children need a loving and stable place to call
- Many different types of people can be foster parents. A lot of
people may think that only married people can be foster parents or you
have to own a home. In reality, people from all walks of life can be a
foster parent. You can be young or old, home owner or renter, married
or single, work in or outside the home or with or without children of
your own. Most importantly, a foster parent needs to provide a safe
and loving environment for these children.
- In order to become a foster parent, you must be 21 years of age or
older and a responsible adult. A potential foster parent will be asked
to provide information about their background, including alcohol or
drug abuse or law violations that might make them unable to provide a
safe environment. Withholding information can be grounds for denial of
a license. The prospective foster parent(s) and their family will meet
with a licensing specialist. They will provide orientation to the
foster care program and training on parenting. If needed, there will
be a special emphasis on caring for special needs children.
- The amount of time a child stays in foster care can vary from as
little as a few days to a number of years. Most children in foster
care will return home in less than three months, however some children
are still in foster care after three years.
- Most children in the foster program are not available for adoption,
but the foster parents are eligible to apply if that child does come
up for adoption. In fact, foster parents became the adoptive parents
in 82 percent of 1998 adoption cases in Wisconsin.
- Foster parents receive information about a child before they are
placed in the home. The foster parent, along with the case manager can
decide if the child should be placed in their home.
- Counties have many different resources available to support families
with foster children. Staff is available to answer any questions that
prospective parents may have and many communities provide ongoing
training or support groups. A 24-hour answering service is available
- More than 5,100 families are currently licensed foster care
providers in the state of Wisconsin.
- On average, 7,000 children in the state of Wisconsin will be placed
with these foster families. On a typical day, approximately 8,000
children are living with foster families.
- For more information on the foster care program in Wisconsin or
becoming a foster parent, please call 1-800-947-8074, contact your
local county social/human service department or visit
August 04, 2010