Foster Care Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Information meetings are cancelled until further notice! Please call (608) 334-4417 for information on becoming a foster parent.

STEPS TO BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT:
General Requirements for becoming a Foster Parent

  • Individuals or families interested in becoming foster parents have to fulfill certain basic requirements. They have to go through the process of screening, training, and licensing.

  • The person should be 21 years or older, and all adult members of a household must be licensed, unless an exception is granted. The foster parent should be mentally and physically fit to look after the child under his/her care.

  • The foster child must be provided with his own bed. Boys and girls may not share a bedroom if they are age of six or older. At least a bed and space for personal storage should be available for every foster child.

  • The foster parent must have the necessary resources and ability to meet the requirements of his/her own family, and his/her home must meet certain safety standards.
Foster Parent Licensing Process
Below are the ACTIONS you must take to become a Dane County Foster Parent:
  • Contact Dawn Douglas at 608-334-4417 or douglas@countyofdane.com

  • Attending an informational meeting to receive a foster care application.

  • Complete a foster care application packet. Click icon to download

  • Prescreening for eligibility, including criminal records checks, references, FBI, Sex Offender Registry, Child Abuse/Neglect Registries.

  • Attend and complete Wisconsin Pre-placement Training for Foster Parents.

  • Meet with a licensing consultant to complete a foster family assessment.

  • Within first licensing period, complete 30 hours of Foundation Training.

Do you have more questions? Would you like to apply? Please call 608-242-NEED (242-6333) or 608-242-6303 and talk with a Dane County Human Services Foster Care staff member.


HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Phone 608-242-NEED (6333)

Fax 608-242-6294

 

GET THE PROCESS STARTED TO BECOME A
DANE COUNTY FOSTER PARENT