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Become a Foster Parent

The need for foster parents is great. At any given time more than 437,000 children are in foster care nationally; in Wisconsin alone about 7,000 children are in need of a nurturing, stable and loving home. In Milwaukee County, as many as 100 children, from infants to 17-year-olds, are removed from their homes each month because they are not safe.

SaintA is always seeking committed, loving foster and adoptive families to care for children who need it most. To receive more information about foster care or adoption, please contact us at 855-GROW-HOPE or, or fill out our information request.

Orientation and Information

If you are interested in learning more, or feel ready to take the first step, attend a New Foster/Adoptive Family Orientation. These meetings are designed to give you an opportunity to further explore your interest and get all of your questions answered. To register, view our online calendar or the printable schedules for December 2018 and January 2019.

Types of Homes Needed

  • Level 1 ✪ Relatives of children needing out-of-home care.
  • Level 2 ✪ General Foster Care, a foster care license with an adoption approval, or a respite care license. These children have minimal to moderate physical, behavioral and emotional issues from exposure to maltreatment. Supplemental support and resources are available pre and post-adoption to ensure that once an adoption is finalized, these are truly the forever parents. SaintA is able to license at this level within a 60 mile radius from Milwaukee.
  • Level 3 ✪ Treatment Foster Care for children who have been exposed to significant trauma such as abuse and neglect and need more support to address their needs. Foster families also must be able to provide close supervision of the child and be an active member of the treatment plan. SaintA is able to license at this level statewide.
  • Level 4 ✪ Specialized Treatment Foster Care for children who have been exposed to extensive trauma such as physical or sexual abuse and have a much higher level of need with complex issues, such as young female victims of sexual exploitation and teen parents. SaintA is able to license at this level statewide.

Foster families must be able to provide transportation to appointments, including visitation with the biological family. Level 3 and 4 foster families also must provide close supervision of the child and be an active member of the treatment plan. About 2/3 of all children entering care need placement within hours so foster families are asked to be available for care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What our foster parents
are saying:
“Becoming a foster parent was like God’s will. What better thing is there than helping a child? It’s about giving a child all the opportunities possible.”
“We went in wanting to help a family. Our interests were purely to foster and to maintain a lifelong relationship with the child and our family. And we knew this would be great for our (biological) children.”
“I know I cannot reach in my pocket and pull out enough money to reach all the kids on the earth. But I can reach in my heart and pull out compassion and kindness, so they can just be kids.”
“I told him ‘I’m not going to let anybody put an expiration date on you …. Just because you’re different doesn’t mean you’re not worth anything. I just won’t let anyone emotionally or physically compromise his life.”
“I looked into it (foster care) and thought maybe I can make a difference in somebody’s life.”
“It is with full certainty that I can tell you that I have never felt as supported as I am by (SaintA). I find myself bragging about it and the fabulous Treatment Foster Care program.”
  • Respite care: This is temporary child care, usually on a weekend, that gives parents or foster parents a break. Providers must be at least 18, meet home and sleeping requirements if a child is to stay overnight, and pass criminal and caregiver background checks. Some providers may be required to complete training specific to a child’s needs. If you are not sure you are ready to become a foster parent, we always need adults willing to provide respite care. This experience may help you decide what it means to accept a child into your home.

How long does the whole process take? View the licensing timeline.

If you’re not sure you’re ready to become a foster parent, but would like to help in other ways, please visit our How You Can Help section.

For more information on our services, please visit our Resources section for contact information, meeting schedules, forms and more.