Wisconsin foster care and adoption guidelines

We are here to help provide the information you need to start your foster care or adoption process. We are happy to answer any questions.

Contact information

Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
Email (correo electrónico): info@coalitionforcyf.org
Phone (teléfono): 414-475-1246
Toll-free phone: 800-762-8063

Things you should know

Foster care and adoption

In general, foster and adoptive parents must be in good physical and mental health. They must also be able to raise the child in a safe, caring environment.

The following are some of the characteristics necessary to be a good foster or adoptive parent:

  • Stability
  • Maturity
  • Commitment
  • Patience
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Sense of humor
  • Enjoys children and is an advocate for them
  • Team player willing to work with your social worker, the birth parents, as needed, and community services

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Are at least 21 years old
  • Are single or married or divorced
  • Already have children in your home or no children in the home
  • Are of any race
  • Have sufficient income to cover your financial needs
  • Own or rent your home or apartment
  • Have enough room for the child
  • Complete proper training requirements
  • Pass criminal background checks

If you meet these basic qualifications then you’re off to a great start!

Costs to foster and adopt

There are no costs to foster and adopt in Wisconsin.

Agency contact and orientation information

List of locations, dates, and times for orientation meetings can be accessed by contacting any of the agencies below depending on your location. You can also contact Coalition for Children, Youth and Families.

  • SaintA
    Address: 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 4400, Milwaukee, WI 53214
    Phone: 855-GROW-HOPE (855-476-9467)
    Email: growhope@sainta.org

Parent support groups

Information on Wisconsin's children

There are 6,568 children in foster care in Wisconsin; 1,280 of these children are waiting for adoptive families. The children in care are from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The children’s average ages are frequently school-aged, 5 to14 years old.

Some children may be referred to as having “special needs” for reasons including:

  • They are part of a sibling group and have sisters and brothers who must be placed together.
  • The child is older than 5 years of age.