Respite Provider Approval Process

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

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. Other families choose to become respite providers to give back to the cause of foster care without the full-time commitment of being a foster parent.

Respite providers agree to care for children as a way to provide foster families and youth with necessary breaks. Just like families may use a babysitter from time to time, our foster families enlist the help of respite providers.

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 up to 30 days.


  • Be 18 years or older and at least 5 years older than the youth you are caring for
  • Be physically and emotionally able to meet the needs of youth
  • Reside in a home that meets the physical, safety and environmental needs of the foster child (Respite may also be provided in the foster family’s home.)
  • Have a valid driver’s license and car insurance if transporting youth
  • Have valid homeowner/renter’s insurance
  • Complete criminal background checks


Paperwork and Approval Process

To begin the respite process with Family Works, use the respite provider interest form or contact the staff members listed below. Amanda or Kathi will reply to answer any questions you may have and can send you the paperwork to begin the approval process.

This paperwork includes background checks, a W-9 form for tax purposes, information that will tell us more about your family, and paperwork explaining Family Work’s respite expectations.

After the paperwork is received and background checks are returned, a Family Works social worker will visit with your family and complete a home safety inspection.

From there, you will be an approved respite provider. Each of our respite providers has an assigned a Family Works social worker. Your social worker will be there for you if you have any questions and help you learn more about families who may be in need of respite.



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