State of Wisconsin Foster Parent Handbook

The Foster Parent Handbook is intended to give basic information about foster care in Wisconsin to newly-licensed foster parents and to serve as a refresher for experienced foster parents. This handbook also provides additional tools and resource lists if foster parents want to learn more about a specific topic.

It is important to understand this handbook is not intended to replace Wisconsin foster parent licensing requirements included in state statutes, Administrative Code DCF Chapter 56, “Foster Home Care for Children”. Foster families should always consult the State of Wisconsin’s licensing rules for specific information about licensing standards.


Chapter 1 - Foster Care Overview

Chapter 2 - Expectations of Foster Parents

Chapter 3 - Caring for Children in Foster Care

Chapter 4 - Developing and Maintaining Family Connections

Chapter 5 - Foster Family Self Care