Resources for foster parents

There is a range of resources and educational opportunities for foster parents and families.

Discounts for foster parents

Check out local businesses that offer discounts to foster parents

The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

The Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW) works with families to ensure the safety and well-being of children. With its many community partners, BMCW provides services to families in crisis that help keep children safely in the home. When it is necessary, BMCW looks to foster and adoptive families to provide temporary and permanent homes for children who cannot live with their parents.

Foster Parent Newsflash

The Foster Parent Newsflash is a monthly publication that offers tips and provides resources to foster parents. Read the current version of Foster Parent Newsflash (PDF).

The UWM-Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development is part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Children and Families and the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. The program provides training and development programs to public child welfare staff employed by the BMCW and its private partner agencies, and foster/adoptive families licensed by the BMCW.


Childcare Authorization Process 

Child Care Search

WI SHARES cheat sheet 

Special Needs Child Care Program

WI SHARES fact sheet 

Young Star Ratings 

Young Star tiered reimbursement



Children's Court information for foster families 

Foster Parent appeals rights 

Rehab Review process.

Medical, dental, mental health

Child Medical and Dental Providers 

Milwaukee Child and Family Counseling, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services


T-19 dentists 

Mental Health America of Wisconsin Therapist Search 

Milwaukee Public Schools

Free and reduced meals 

MPS school selection guide 

MPS free tutoring resources 

Resources for families and children


Birth to Three

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services Parklawn Family Resource Center 

Natural hair blogs 

Preparing children for transition 

Training workbook/hair and skin care 


Support for foster parents

Adoption tax credit 

Ask your worker 



Child Wish Fund 

Complaint resolution process 

FAIR reimbursement 

Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center

Welcome letter/Connecting Bridges 

Foster Parent Advisory Council 

Foster Parent Liaison/Advocate 

Welcome letter/Community Services 

Initial placement checklist 

Milwaukee Child Welfare partnership

National Foster Parent Association

National Resource Center for Foster Parents

Reunification preparation 

Robyn's Nest