Foster care in Wisconsin

At any given time, 6,000 children are in foster care in Wisconsin. 

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services is responsible for the recruitment, licensing and support of 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.

We offer a team approach, providing foster parents with support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly skilled staff members have small case loads and personally see and interact with every child.

Read our Kid Hero blog to hear stories from foster care and adoptive parents.

Video: Our employees describe why they became foster parents

General foster care

About 2,000 children are in foster care in Milwaukee County. As many as 100 children are removed from their homes each month. These kids need the love and support of foster parents until they can return home or they are adopted. We recruit, train and provide support services for foster families. Learn more.

Respite care

Our licensed providers throughout Wisconsin offer short-term childcare to give biological or foster parents a break from the responsibilities of caring for children with special medical or behavioral needs. Taking time away reduces stress and supports family stability. Learn more.

Treatment foster care

Throughout Wisconsin, children with significant emotional, behavioral, physical or medical challenges need special people to serve as their foster parents. We recruit, train and provide support services for foster families. need. Learn more.