Treatment foster care

treatmentTreatment foster care is home-based care for children and adolescents with moderate to severe emotional, behavioral, physical or medical challenges.

Role of a treatment foster parent:

  • Provide a safe, nurturing family environment that emphasizes a positive approach to parenting
  • Be an active member of a foster child's treatment team
  • Provide day-to-day care as you would for your own children
  • Ensure medical/dental/vision care and any therapeutic services as directed by the treatment team and/or medical personnel
  • Ensure school attendance and work with the child's school towards academic progress
  • Set reasonable rules and help the child live by those rules through positive discipline
  • Work with the agency to develop and implement a visitation plan appropriate for the child with the child's family of origin
  • Meet with staff on a regular basis
  • Meet the agency's continuing education requirements

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Requirements for treatment foster care providers

Treatment foster parents can be single, married, divorced or partnered. You can rent or own a house or apartment.

Basic qualifications:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have sufficient income to support your own financial obligations
  • Undergo background checks, home study and assessment process
  • Possess sound judgment and positive parenting skills
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have renter's/homeowner's/vehicle insurance
  • Have a physical examination completed by your doctor (this is required for each household member)
  • Complete the required pre-license education

Treatment foster care application process

We encourage you to attend an information meeting to learn more about the treatment foster care program.

To apply for a treatment foster care license download the application form. Return the completed form to Amy Basting

  • Email:
  • Fax: (414) 453-2538
  • Mail: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
    620 S. 76th St., Ste. 120
    Milwaukee, WI 53214