Every child deserves a family
For more than 30 years, Family Works has been dedicated to serving the children and youth of Wisconsin. We do this by recruiting, training and supporting treatment foster care parents throughout Wisconsin, and by coordinating the care of the children placed with our foster families.
Focused on Foster Family Training
We began Family Works so we could prioritize training and supporting our foster families to give the best care possible to at-risk children and teens. We believe it’s important to give our families the skills they need to respond to behavioral challenges they might encounter.
Small Case Loads
They get 24/7 on call support and a little more hand holding.
How We Support Foster Families
Becoming a foster parent or respite provider is a big decision! Many incoming foster families fear they won’t have what it takes. We understand. That’s why we’re so committed to your education and ongoing support.
We know that the times when you need support may not fit neatly into business hours. A social worker is available to you 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. They also maintain regular contact with you through frequent visits and phone calls. At Family Works, someone is always here for you.
Ongoing education helps you be a successful foster parent. On our Resources page, you’ll find links to information to begin your foster parent journey including the state’s foster parent handbook, pre-placement training, and organizations that support foster parents throughout Wisconsin.
Understanding trauma is a key aspect of foster parenting. Many of our children are impacted by trauma. Trauma-informed care equips our staff and foster parents with tools to meet a child’s needs effectively. You’ll learn how to provide trauma-informed care during the licensing process. You can also read more about different aspects of trauma-informed care on our Resources page.
Services We Provide
Family Works Programs, Inc. is a child-placing agency. Specifically, we provide treatment foster care services throughout the state of Wisconsin to children and youth with complex treatment needs.
We recruit, license, train and support compassionate foster parents to care for children in the foster family’s home. Social work staff provide support to the child and their foster family through frequent visits to the home, treatment team collaboration and individualized treatment planning.
Many of our treatment foster homes can provide emergency and/or ongoing respite to families. These respite breaks are often essential in keeping families healthy or in maintaining the strength of an existing out-of-home placement.
Family Works coordinates and supervises visits between children placed in our care and their families when a child’s case plan requires supervised family interaction.
We provide a written summary of each visit including:
We partner with county and state agencies to develop new ways of strengthening a child’s community of support to help children reach permanence.
Family Works can help support your agency in a variety of ways: by providing education, consultation, crisis support and continued case management.