In order to become a foster home in Wisconsin you must obtain a foster home license. There are several qualifications a person must meet to become licensed as a foster parent.
♦ Potential foster parents need to participate in several interviews in the prospective foster
parent’s home. The purpose of these interviews is to see if the home, as well as the prospective
parent, satisfies the State’s requirements to meet the needs of the children available for
♦ A physical examination is required. The prospective foster parents and all household members
must provide a written statement from their doctor on the forms provided by the Agency stating
that they are free from disease that is harmful to children and that they are physically and
emotionally able to care for children under the age of eighteen.
♦ Prospective foster parents and any child over the age of 12 that resides in the home must agree
to undergo a criminal background check. In addition, the caretakers in the foster home will be
fingerprinted under the Adam Walsh Caregiver Act. The applicant and any children over the age
of twelve residing in their home cannot possess any criminal charges that may impact on the
foster homes ability for caring for children in a safe and appropriate manner.
♦ A foster home license is issued for not more than two years at a time. There is no charge for a
foster home license.
♦ All level 2 foster parents are required to complete the on-line pre-service training prior to getting
licensed. In addition, all level 2 foster parents are required to attend 30 hours of Foundation
Training within the two years of licensure. Level 1 foster home’s do not have any training
requirements. Level 2 foster parents are then required to complete a minimum of ten hours of
ongoing training beginning with the third year of licensure and every year thereafter.
To learn more about the licensing requirements,
or to begin the licensing process, contact: