Foster care is 24-hour care provided by licensed foster parents for children who cannot live with their parents because they are unsafe, have special care or treatment needs, or other circumstances exist that result in their parents or family are unable to care for them. County human service agencies license and oversee these placements.
Generally, placement in foster care is temporary and intended to give the child's family time to make necessary changes so that the child can live safely in his or her home and community. Most children in foster care return home to their families. When children cannot return home, they find permanence through placement with relatives, adoption, or other means.
A loving and supportive foster home and family makes a big difference in the lives of these children. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, you may obtain more information by contacting Eau Claire County Human Services - Jody Waletzki at 715-839-6788 and/or accessing information at the websites listed below.
Wisconsin Foster Care Handbook
Foster Care Fact Sheet
DCF 56, Foster Care Licensing Rules and Regulations
Wisconsin Foster Care and Adoption Resouce Center
Wisconsin Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families