Curious about becoming a foster parent?  Discover the basic qualifications and licensing process required to welcome a child in need into your home.

Basic Qualifications
  • Can be single, married or partnered
  • Aged 21 or older
  • Have enough space
  • Be financially stable
  • Have support from family and/or friends
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Participate in background and reference checks
  • Attend and participate in trainings
  • Be committed, flexible and open, ask questions
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Have energy and time to devote to a child or youth
Licensing Process
  1. Inquire:  request information or call (262)222-2200
  2. Attend:   an orientation meeting to learn more
  3. Apply:  complete an application and other required paperwork including for background and reference checks.
  4. Home Visits:  participate in home visits for psychosocial interviews, allow for entire home to be viewed, attend training, ask questions.
  5. Licensing decision is communicated and if approved, a license is issued. Generally, the licensing process from application to receipt through a licensing decision being made takes 60-90 days.
  6. The child’s team agrees on placement in the foster home.  First meeting with the child and their family occurs.
  7. Child is places in the foster home.  Relationships are built and nurtured