Become a Foster Parent

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please complete our brief foster parent interest form to get started.


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.

Foster parents come from many different backgrounds with various experiences, any 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.

How to get started

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please complete our brief foster parent interest form to get started.

Becoming licensed as a foster parent

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)


For more details see our Foster Parent Licensing Process Overview.

Download the licensing process chart (PDF)

Why Foster? What Foster Parents Say

Wisconsin foster parents share why they started fostering and why they continue to foster in this one minute video. Thanks to the Coalition for Children, Youth and Families who created the video.

Why choose Family Works?

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

  • 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.
  • For over 30 years we have been known throughout Wisconsin for providing exceptional foster care services to children and teens.

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

Further Reading

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

Apply to be a Foster Parent




Download our licensing process one-sheet PDF

Frequently Asked Questions about fostering