With about 7,300 children and youth in foster care throughout Wisconsin, foster parents play a critical role in the lives of children who need a temporary home. To highlight these efforts and bring awareness to the need for additional kind, responsible adults to serve as foster parents, Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed May as Foster Care Month in Wisconsin. Foster care provides a safe, loving environment to a child who has been removed from their home due to safety concerns, special care or treatment needs not being met, or other circumstances where parents or family are unable to care for them. Through the help of foster parents, children are able to have a caring temporary place to call home while their families take time to make the necessary changes so the child can return to a safe environment. “Our goal is to ensure children of all ages are cared for and safe when living outside of their home,” said Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Eloise Anderson. “We are blessed in Wisconsin to have great foster parents, who are willing to open their homes and hearts to children during a period of extreme trauma. Taking in a child, and loving them unconditionally, while knowing that most often the goal is to reunite them with their birth parents takes a special type of family and the entire state is in their debt.” As part of Foster Care Month activities, the Department will be joining the Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council’s Hands Around the Capitol event on Tuesday, May 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., designed to raise awareness of the importance of foster care and focus on the many youth whose lives were positively impacted by the foster families who took them in. The Department of Children and Families provides policy and guidance to county and private partners to ensure qualified and licensed foster parents are available statewide and at a moment’s notice. If you are interested in changing the life of a child through foster care, visit https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/fostercare/become.