How Does One Become a Foster Parent?

You begin by calling Portage County Health and Human Services Department Foster Care Coordinator at 715-345-5913. The Foster Care Coordinator will answer your questions, send you an information packet and inform you of upcoming foster parenting information classes. All foster parents are screened through law enforcement records checks, health screens, personal reference checks, and a series of discussions with the agency staff. Homes also need to meet some basic safety and space requirements.

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1. What is Foster Care?
2. What Does it Take to be a Foster Parent?
3. What If I Work?
4. How Does One Become a Foster Parent?
5. Who Pays for the Child's Medical and Other Expenses?
6. What Ages of Foster Children Need Care the Most?
7. Will I Have All the Information I need About a Foster Child Before They Come to My Home?