General foster care

The need for foster care parents in Milwaukee County is great. As many as 100 children are removed from their homes each month because they are not safe. At any given time, more than 2,000 children are in foster care in Milwaukee County.

Children's Wisconsin Community Services, in partnership with the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services, is responsible for the recruitment, licensing and support of foster and adoptive parents. We also match and place children with foster and adoptive parents.

Children who need foster and adoptive homes come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of needs. We are looking for diverse and nurturing foster and adoptive parents to meet those needs.

Role of a foster parent

A foster parent provides temporary care for a child who is in the custody of the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services. You will provide a temporary family and home for a child until they can be safely reunited with their biological family or placed in a permanent living situation.

Basic qualifications:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Attend an informational meeting
    Upcoming foster care meetings
    Upcoming treatment foster care and respite meetings
  • Pass a criminal background, child protective services and caregiver check
  • Possess sufficient verifiable sources of income
  • Meet physical home environment requirements and have homeowner's/renter's liability insurance
  • Have bedroom space for a foster child. A foster child cannot share a bedroom with an adult
  • Participate in professional training provided during the licensing process. In addition, ongoing training each year is required
  • Be willing and able to work with and respect the child's biological family
  • Have love and patience to share
  • Be invested in the future of our community's children
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Resources for licensed foster parents

Foster care application process

*Please note, this is NOT the application for Adoption through Foster Care. If you live in Southeast Wisconsin and are interested in Adoption through Foster Care, please call our office at 414-453-4376.

To apply for a foster care license, download the application form.

Learn about foster care and adoption:

(414) 543-HERO

Treatment Foster Care offices:

  • Baraboo Region –
    (608) 356-3019
  • Eau Claire Region –
    (715) 835-5915
  • Fox Valley/Green Bay Region
    (920) 969-7941
  • Madison Region –
    (608) 221-3511
  • Milwaukee/Southeast Region
    (414) 292-4093

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