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Foster Care Supervisor: Kayce Kendziorski  •  Phone: (920) 448-6072  •  Click here to email
Mailing Address: 111 N Jefferson Street  •  Green Bay, WI 54301

Virtual Information Session - Foster Family Shortage

Foster Mom with TeenIn Brown County, and across the State of Wisconsin, there is a shortage of foster families available and willing to take placement of youth between the ages of 12-17. 

When local placement options are not available, youth are placed away from their communities, schools and supports.  It is a priority of our county to ensure that our youth are able to remain in our community.  Join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00pm for a virtual information session, Fostering Teens, hosted by Brown County Health and Human Services Foster Care Coordinators, Shauna Escoto and Heather LaFave. Have you been thinking about giving back to your community? This is an excellent opportunity to learn how you can get involved! We will be discussing how to become a licensed foster parent or respite provider for teens who are right here in our community. 
 
Please email Shauna.escoto@browncountywi.gov or call (920) 448-6272 to sign up to attend the virtual info session on November 17th @ 6:00pm. You will be sent a link to participate via Microsoft Teams. 

What is Foster Care?

Every day foster parents help to save the lives of children who might not otherwise have a chance to learn and grow in a loving home environment.

What is Foster Care?Family embracing
 
Foster care is a temporary alternative to a child’s biological home when that home becomes socially,emotionally, or physically inadequate for the child’s needs. Foster children range in age from infant to 21; however, the greatest needs are for sibling groups of 3 or more, youth with special needs, and teenagers. It is an expectation that foster parents work with birth parents. All foster children have unique backgrounds, experiences, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Some may require extensive care for physical or emotional handicaps or disabilities. Foster children sometimes do not have a strong sense of belonging or a strong sense or self-worth. Many of them have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, some have suffered neglect, and some children and infants require extensive medical care.

Is Being a Foster Parent for You?
It might be! You probably have more to offer a foster child than you ever realized. Every day foster parents help to save the lives of children who might not otherwise have a chance to learn and grow in a loving home environment. These kids need people to change the course of their lives!

Foster care is a temporary alternative to a child’s biological home when that home becomes socially, emotionally, or physically inadequate for the child’s needs. Click here to hear from a CPS Supervisor about the common myths and questions around foster care

By the Numbers …
  • Approximately 270 children are in foster care in Brown County, and more enter each week.
  • 7-10 children are currently placed in residential treatment centers because of the shortage of foster homes.
  • Placement in a treatment center is often not in the best interest of the child, and costs taxpayers ten times as much as care in a foster home—sometimes in excess of $20,000 per month.
Types of Foster HomesFoster Father and Young Child
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 where 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.

Getting started:
  1. Learn more at a Brown County Foster Parent Information Session - click here for dates
  2. Pre-placement Training - enroll in training that must be completed before a child can be placed in your home.
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