Treatment foster care

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Every child should be able to live with mom or dad, but sometimes difficulties keep families apart. That's when you can help.

Treatment foster care is home-based care for children and adolescents with significant emotional, behavioral, physical or medical challenges.

As a treatment foster parent you will:

  • 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
  • Provide medical/dental/vision care and any therapeutic services directed by the treatment team and/or medical personnel
  • Ensure positive school attendance and work with the child's school to ensure good 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 birth family/family of origin
  • Meet with staff on a regular basis
  • Meet the agency's continuing education requirements

Check out our treatment foster care success stories.

To be a treatment foster care parent

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You must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older and be in good health
  • Have sufficient income to support your own financial obligations
  • Undergo background investigations
  • Possess sound judgment and positive parenting skills
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have renter's or homeowner's insurance on your property
  • Have vehicle liability insurance
  • Have a physical examination completed by your doctor (this is required for each household member)
  • Complete the required pre-license education

Single, married or partnered individuals are eligible to apply

Treatment foster care application process

To apply to be a foster parent in south east Wisconsin download the application form (PDF). Fax the completed form to Nancy Russell at (414) 453-2538 or mail to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 120, Milwaukee, WI 53214, or email to nancy.russell@cssw.org.

Outside of south east Wisconsin? Contact the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services office in your area, listed in the Contact us box.