Post-Permanency Resources in Wisconsin

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The Wisconsin Adoption and Permanency Support (WiAPS) Program previously known as the Post Adoption Resource Centers (PARCs). WiAPS brings a wide-range of knowledge in providing services to families. The program offers support services covering a wide range of needs for Wisconsin’s:

  • Adoptive and guardianship families
  • Adult adoptees
  • Birth families

The program is a partnership made up of those affected by adoption and guardianship. It includes:

  • Individuals
  • Professionals
  • Organizations
  • Community members

Each regional WiAPS serves families in their area by:

  • Providing education, support activities and services to post-permanency families.
  • Improving community awareness of post-permanency issues
  • Promoting a positive image of adoption and guardianship.
  • Establishing collaborative efforts among public and private organizations and the general public
  • Provides referrals for services for families, including:
    • Day care and after school care
    • Legal help
    • Family counseling and support groups related to adoption
    • Access to Medical Assistance (MA) service providers
    • Planning for the transition of an adopted child to adulthood
    • Mental Health related issues

For more information about post-adoption services contact your local WiAPS.

Adoption Search Program

The Adoption Record Search Program helps adopted persons get information about themselves and their birth relatives. Persons whose birth parents have terminated their parental rights in Wisconsin can also get information about themselves and their birth relatives.

Adoption Assistance Amendments and Medical Assistance

If you are receiving adoption assistance and feel the special care needs for your child has increased since the time of adoption, please see the Adoption Assistance Amendment brochure or call 1-866-666-5532.

If you are having issues with your adopted child’s medical assistance, please call the number on the back of your ForwardHealth Card or call 1-866-666-5532.

Reimbursement for Adoption Expenses of a Child with Special Care Needs

Reimbursement for some nonrecurring adoption expenses is available to individuals who adopt:

  • a child or children with special care needs
  • a child or children who are at risk of developing special care needs

A signed adoption assistance agreement must be in effect with the State of Wisconsin. The adoption must be finalized before requesting reimbursement of adoption expenses.

To learn more about requesting reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses, please see the brochure:

You can also contact:

  • Your adoption social worker.
  • The Adoption Assistance Program Accountant in the Division of Safety and Permanence, Department of Children and Families (Phone: 608-422-6918).