How do I become a foster parent in Milwaukee County?
Foster care through Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services is the temporary care of a child who is in the custody of the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. A foster parent provides a temporary family and home for a child until they can be safely reunited with their biological family or placed in a permanent living situation.
Foster parents must:
- Be at least 21 years old.
- Attend a new family informational meeting.
- Pass a criminal background and caregiver check.
- Have no prior history of involvement with a child welfare agency due to an upheld accusation of child abuse or neglect.
- Possess sufficient verifiable sources of income.
- Meet physical home environment requirements and have homeowner's or renter's liability insurance.
- Have bedroom space for a foster child. A foster child cannot share a bedroom with an adult.
- Have vehicle liability insurance.
Participate in professional training provided during the licensing process. In addition, ongoing training each year is required.
- Be willing and able to work with and respect the child's biological family.
- Have love and patience to share.
- Be invested in the future of our community's children.