Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

Resources for Foster and Adoptive Parents

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Resources for Milwaukee Families

Support Groups

  • Connecting Bridges is an organization dedicated to helping Milwaukee’s children by helping their foster and adoptive parents. For more information e-mail wifosterdad@yahoo.com.

  • United Foster Parent Association of Greater Milwaukee is a support group for foster and adoptive parents. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development, 4425 N. Port Washington Road, Suite 400 in Glendale. (South from the Hampton exit off I-43.)  Membership is $5 annually. For more information, phone (414) 477-3598 or (414) 871-8230.

  • Voices United, Inc., is a support group for foster, adoptive, and kinship families. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families, 6682 W. Greenfield Ave., Suite 310, Milwaukee. Membership is $10 per family per year. For more information, e-mail voicesunitedmilw@aol.com.

  • Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families (formerly Adoption Resources of Wisconsin) offers webinars, workshops, support groups, and other assistance to pre-and post-adoptive families. Located a 682 West Greenfield Suite 310, Milwaukee, WI 53214-4960. For more information phone, (414) 475-1246 or (800) 762-8063 (Wisconsin only) or e-mail info@wiadopt.org.

  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services' foster parent blog, kidhero.chw.org, is an exciting new place for people in the community to find out what fostering is really about from the mouths of foster parents.

  • SaintA Foster Parent Information Line: It’s important to us that you have the information that you need when you need it. Call (414) 380-3780. The line is staffed by licensing workers between 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also find us at www.sainta.org. Have your questions answered about:

    • The licensing process.

    • Trainings and networking groups.

    • Contact information for who to call for what.

    • Where to get resources.

    • General information.

Assistance

Businesses offering Discounts to Foster Families

Child Care for Foster Children: Foster parents can apply for child care assistance through www.access.wisconsin.gov. Eligibility can be established online, but must be followed by a face-to-face appointment. Foster families licensed by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services can call (414) 453-1400 and ask to speak to the assigned family case manager. For SaintA, call the Foster Parent Information line at (414) 380-3780.

Child Care Resource Guide for Foster Parents

Complaint Process: How to resolve disputes with BMCW.

Clothing and Other Items for kids in care: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services Foster Care and Adoption Licensing and Support program now has a resource room where foster parents can pick up items needed for children in care. The room is at 620 S. 76th Street, Suite 120. Donations of new and clean, gently-used items are welcome. Also needed are hygiene products and school supplies. You must be licensed by Children's. Phone (414) 475-2220 for hours.

Educational Services for Children Placed in Foster Care: (Dept. of Public Instruction publication)

Foster Parent Training: Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership provides initial and ongoing training for foster parent licensing. Classes may also be  available to unlicensed relative caregivers and adoptive parents.

Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care and Adoption: Video series.

Grandparents and Relatives Caregivers in Wisconsin: Web site with resources.

Hair: Caring for the Hair of Your African American Child: Four pages of tips and a list of further resources for managing hair.

Health Care Clinic Information

Kids Matter, Inc.: Advocacy and support for foster and kinship care families. Also operates the Milwaukee Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in which volunteers are trained to support children in foster care and advocate for on their behalf. 1850 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Suite 202, Milwaukee, WI 53212. For more information, phone (414) 344-1220.

Kinship Care: Provides assistance to those caring for relatives, both court-ordered and voluntary.

Licensing: Two agencies license foster parents for BMCW.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
620 S 76th Street, Suite 120
West Allis, WI  53214
Phone (414) KID-HERO (414-543-4376)
Foster Care Coordinator: Arles Lawrence
Information, including a short video series, about becoming a foster parent

SaintA
Grow Hope, foster parent recruitment
6737 W. Washington Avenue, Suite 4225
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone (855) GROW HOPE (855-476-9467)
Foster Care Coordinator: Melissa Dombrowski-Boling. e-mail: growhope@sainta.org.

Mobile Urgent Treatment Team for Foster Families: Assistance for Milwaukee County foster families in coping with behavioral or mental health issues in times of crisis. Phone (414) 257-7621.

Subsidized Guardianship Program: This program provides relatives who are licensed foster parents the option of becoming legal guardians with continued financial assistance. Families are chosen through a random selection process.

Youth Resources: for youth in foster care.

Contact the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

Last Revised: June 26, 2014

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