Become a Respite Provider

Respite providers help give much needed breaks to treatment foster parents and foster children.

Becoming a respite foster care provider is a great opportunity for individuals and couples who are thinking about becoming foster parents and want more experience.

They generally provide temporary or short-term care for foster children in their own homes. This often depends, however, on the foster family’s situation. The length of time can range anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks.

In addition, many individuals and couples find that providing respite allows them to give back and support our mission without committing to foster parenting full-time.

How to become a respite foster care provider

To become a respite foster care provider in Wisconsin you must:

  • Be 18 years or older and at least 5 years older than the youth you are caring for.
  • Complete intake paperwork.
  • Complete local, county & state background checks.
  • Complete a W-9 form for tax purposes.
  • Agree to Family Work’s Respite Care Providers Conduct and Ethics Agreement.
  • Have a home/apartment that meets home safety standards.
  • Have auto insurance (homeowners/renters insurance is strongly advised).

Learn more about the respite provider approval process.

Supporting youth in foster care requires the efforts of an entire community. Respite providers are essential resources for our families!

Read our post: 5 Reasons To Become A Respite Care Provider

Learn more about treatment foster care.


Call us to get started today! 800-660-9204
or submit the respite provider getting started form.

Questions? To speak with a licensing specialist, please contact:


Southern Wisconsin:

Amanda Siefert

(608) 233-9204 ext. 232

Northern Wisconsin:

Kathi Kesan

(715) 532-3281