• Why should you become a foster parent?

    There are 6,000 children in foster care at any given time in Wisconsin. Children who need foster homes come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of needs. We are looking for diverse and nurturing foster parents to meet the needs of these children. Children in foster care can range from newborn up to 18 years old which means that there is a need to have foster parents that are able to provide care to a child no matter what their age. Waukesha County is responsible for the recruitment, licensing, and support of foster parents within the county.

    Foster Parent Qualities:

    Desire- Foster parents should possess a natural liking for children, enjoy caring for them, and have a desire to make a difference in a child's life.

    Stability - One of the biggest needs foster children have is the need for stability. Foster parents should have a stable home and personal life. Foster parents should be mature adults, happy in their own lives, who can provide children with love, security, understanding and stability. They should have the ability to remain calm in times of crisis and have a lot of patience.

    Acceptance - Foster children need to be accepted, regardless of their actions or behaviors. Many foster children have suffered crises in their own home and may be resentful, bad-tempered or angry. Foster parents need to have the ability to give children affection and caring without expecting an immediate return of love and appreciation.

    Cooperation - Foster parents in Waukesha County are considered a part of a team. Their help is needed in developing plans concerning what is in the best interest of the child. Other members of the team include the biological parents, the social workers, other family members and at times, attorneys. During the first 6 - 12 months in care, the goal is to reunite children with their parents.

    Family - An active commitment to fostering needs to come from all members of the family. The entire foster family needs to be willing to open their homes and their hearts to children. Foster children need to feel they are a part of the entire family.

    Knowledge - Fostering requires a basic knowledge of child care skills, as well as familiarity of the stages of child development. These skills should help foster parents identify emotional, physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and neglect, as well as provide age appropriate discipline.