Foster Care

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Foster Care is home-like care provided by licensed foster parents for children who cannot live with their parents. Placement in foster care is usually temporary and gives families time to make necessary changes so the child can safely live in his or her home and community. Most children in foster care return home to their families, also known as reunification. When children cannot return home, they find permanence through adoption, guardianship, or other means. 

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To become a Foster Parent, you must meet the following:
  • Be 21 years or older
  • Be a responsible adult, as defined in Ch. 56.05(1)
  • Complete a criminal background check, including
    • Review of law violations
    • Other background information as required
  • Your home must meet all physical environment requirements
If you are interested in becoming a licensed foster parent, submit a Foster Parent Interest Form online or call 608-847-2400 and ask to speak with the Foster Care Coordinator.

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Kinship Care is a program to help support a child who lives outside of his or her home with a relative. The child may be living temporarily or long term with a relative. Kinship Care helps families support a child in the home of a relative that might be under stress or when the child has experienced abuse or neglect. With this support, placing a child in a foster home or another out-of-home care setting may be avoided. For a child in the child welfare system who cannot continue living at home with his or her parents, Kinship Care may be another option.

There are three basic eligibility requirements.
  1. The basic needs of the child can be better met with the relative than with the parent
  2. The placement is in the best interests of the child
  3. The child is currently in need of protection or services or might meet the requirements for services if the child were to remain with their parent(s)
Other requirements include:
  • A criminal background check on the relative caretaker and all adult household members
  • Cooperation with the agency by the relative caretaker
  • Relative caretaker must apply for other public assistance or benefits for which the child might be eligible
  • Relative caretaker must cooperate with referral of the parents to child support, unless the relative caretaker is granted a Good Cause exemption
  • Kinship living arrangements and eligibility must be reviewed every 12 months
  • Court Ordered Kinship Applicants (those with a CHIPS or JIPS order) must comply with the Levels of Care policy. The applicant must have a Foster Care license in order to receive Kinship Care payment during the process
Kinship Care in Wisconsin

Respite Care provides parents and other caregivers with short-term child care services that offer temporary relief, improve family stability, and reduce the risk of abuse or neglect. Respite can be planned or offered during emergencies or times of crisis. Respite may be available to foster, kinship, and adoptive families, as well as birth families in need of support.