Wisconsin Foster Parent Information Every day, foster families in Wisconsin make a difference in children's lives by providing safe and caring temporary homes. Foster care is home-like care provided by licensed foster parents for children who cannot live with their parents because they: are unsafe have special care or treatment needs that their parents are unable to manage other circumstances resulting in their parents or family being unable to care for them Children are placed in foster care for various reasons. Some examples include: a child who has been neglected a child who has been abused a child whose parent is in jail or is hospitalized and has no one to care for them during their parents’ absence a child who has committed a delinquent act a child who has significant medical or mental health needs Placement in foster care is usually temporary and gives families time to make necessary changes so the child can safely live in his or her home and community. Most children in foster care return home to their families, which is called reunification. When children cannot return home, they find permanence through adoption, guardianship, or other means. Become a Foster Parent Counties, tribes and private agencies license foster parents in Wisconsin. To learn about becoming a licensed foster parent contact the foster care coordinator in the county you live in. If you live in Milwaukee County, go to Foster Care in Milwaukee County for more information. To learn about becoming a licensed foster parent through a private Child Placing Agency, view the Child Placing Agency Directory for more information. To learn about becoming a tribal foster parent, contact the tribal foster care coordinator for your tribe. The Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center The Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center (FCARC) offers a variety of resources: Brochures Library and learning materials Posters Calendar of statewide events and trainings Support services to the foster care program in Wisconsin. Staff at the FCARC can also be reached by telephone at 1-800-762-8063.