Treatment foster care


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


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

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