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 2018 INFORMATION MEETING SCHEDULE BELOW:

    Date
    TimeLocation
    Tuesday, January 9th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Thursday, February 8th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Monday, March 12th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Wednesday, May 9th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Thursday, July 12th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Thursday, August 16th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Thursday, November 8th, 2018This meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m.Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI
    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018This 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

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Monday, March 12th, 2018
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
Thursday, August 16th, 2018
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Thursday, November 8th, 2018
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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!