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:
  • Attending an informational meeting to receive a foster care application. SEE 2019 INFORMATION MEETING SCHEDULE BELOW:

    DateTimeLocation
    Tuesday, February 12th, 2019This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Tuesday, May 21st, 2019This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Wednesday, July 17th, 2019This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Thursday, September 19th, 2019This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Tuesday, November 19th, 2019This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
  • 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


 

UPCOMING INFORMATION MEETINGS

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Start Time: 7 p.m.
Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI


Can’t make it to a meeting? Call 608-242-6303 to set up an individual meeting!