What some of our current foster parents have to say:
“My experiences as a foster parent have been challenging at times yet fulfilling and rewarding all the more. My foster son has also learned a number of valuable life changing lessons that will shape his life forever. Meanwhile, I feel extremely honored to make the difference in the lives of the children we welcome into our home.”
Dane County Foster Parent Champions
In September 2017, we created a team of FOSTER PARENT CHAMPIONS to team with us on recruiting more foster parents! The State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families started this initiative to help counties with specific recruitment needs. These fabulous folks have been participating in webinars since then, and went to a conference on November 18th to learn how to put together a Recruitment Plan for 2018. Pictured from left to right are, Shannon Reagan-Shaw, Marilyn Harper, Sarah Gabrielse, Kimberly Krouth, Lasisi Ibrahim and Bernadette Cole. We are so happy you are helping us with this project!

Thank you for sharing your expertise , time and enthusiasm! Since all of our foster parents do such a good job recruiting, the DCF is rewarding foster parents who recruit new homes between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 with a $100 Gift Card to a number of businesses. Thank you all for your partnership with us!
TRUE STORY: Above all, love and persistence reunite a family
In a true testament of the importance of the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids model, is the story of 17-year-old Beth Ann. Separated from her siblings after she was placed into foster care in 2006, she moved around several times before she found her family and was reunited with her siblings and extended family.

Beth Ann entered foster care after her mother was jailed for drug use. She became a big sister to two siblings who were born in prison. Her mother gave custody of her siblings to her aunt, but refused to do the same for Beth Ann.

She spent time in group homes, institutions and foster homes, and never felt like she fit in. Beth Ann finally received some consistency in her life when she became a part of a therapeutic foster family in 2010, and later that year that she was referred to a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter.

A bond formed quickly between Beth Ann and the recruiter, and it wasn’t long before she was comfortable talking about her feelings and the prospect of adoption. After several discussions with her foster family about the importance of permanency in Beth Ann’s life, they agreed adoption was best for the entire family.

During the adoption process, Beth Ann had some confrontations with kids at school and self-esteem issues which affected her relationship with her foster family and eventually disrupted the adoption. She once again found herself moving from one foster home to another and decided she wanted nothing to do with adoption.

But the recruiter didn’t give up and continued to be a consistent presence in her life. The two talked about Beth Ann’s future and she always mentioned her siblings and aunt.

Beth Ann told the recruiter she would be open to adoption by her aunt, but didn’t think it was possible. With Beth Ann’s help, the recruiter was able to locate her aunt. Her aunt revealed how desperately she tried to prevent Beth Ann from going into foster care and how she was able to keep tabs on her until she left the foster family who planned to adopt her.

When the recruiter discussed adoption with Beth Ann’s aunt, she was ecstatic. She had no idea she could adopt her niece or how the adoption process worked. Beth Ann was excited that she was going to be adopted by her aunt and reunited with her siblings. When she moved in, she was happier than she had been in a long time. “I got my house key and I’m finally going to my home,” she said.

Her aunt repeatedly told her, “I love you and I’m not giving up on you.” And for the first time, Beth Ann is able to find the peace of mind, security, commitment and love she needs to know that she is a part of a family. She, her aunt and her siblings officially became a family in February 2013.

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.

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

Fax 608-242-6294





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Room 110, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison WI

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