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 treatment foster care.


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

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