Become a Foster Parent

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If you would to speak with a licensing specialist please contact:

Southern Wisconsin:

Amanda Siefert

(608) 233-9204 ext. 232

Northern Wisconsin:

Kathi Kesan

(715) 532-3281

Foster parents come from many different backgrounds with various experiences, all of which could make them well-suited to care for children and teens in need of a loving, supportive home. Through trauma-informed care, we provide healing home environments for Wisconsin’s children.

Learn more about trauma-informed care.

Foster Parent Responsibilities

Foster parents are responsible for the care and supervision of children and teens placed in their homes. They provide for their physical and emotional needs, including transporting to appointments, coordinating with the treatment team, and advocating for the child’s best interests.

Children in Foster Care

Family Works provides support and services to children and teens with complex treatment needs, including:

  • Trauma, abuse and/or neglect
  • Alcohol or other drug use
  • Mental health issues
  • Medical issues
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Delinquency issues


Family Works Support

Family Works provides the following resources to help you care for a child:

  • Weekly contact with your social worker
  • 24/7 on-call support from your social worker
  • Monthly training and support meetings with other foster parents and social workers
  • Reimbursement based on the child’s needs
  • Respite resources

What Sets Us Apart?

Family Works’ primary mission is foster care. This is what we do, and we do it well!

  • For the last 25 years we have maintained a positive reputation throughout the state of Wisconsin for providing exceptional foster care services to children and teens.
  • We provide the support you need to be a foster parent. Your social worker is accessible to you! They are available to assist you if there is a crisis, 24/7.
  • Our social workers are experienced! Their longevity with our agency shows they enjoy what they do and believe in our mission.

The Licensing Process

Becoming licensed as a foster parent is an important decision. We have licensing specialists to walk you through the entire process. This process includes:

  • Interviews with you and your family
  • Visits to your home, including a safety check
  • 36-40 hours of pre-service training
  • Health examination
  • Criminal background checks (local police checks, state bureau of criminal investigation checks, and county child protective services checks)


Learn more about the licensing process.

Learn more about becoming a foster parent and the child welfare system.

Learn more about the experiences of children and teens in foster care.

Check out our foster care blog!


Not sure if fostering is right for you? Consider becoming a respite provider! Respite providers help give much needed breaks to treatment foster parents and foster children.

Call us to get started today! 1-800-660-9204