Here is a list of basic requirements, along with a link to the full administrative code and specific therapeutic foster parent criteria.

  • Can be single, married or partnered
  • Aged 21 or older
  • Have enough space
  • Be financially stable
  • Have support from family and/or friends
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Participate in background and reference checks
  • Attend and participate in trainings
  • Be committed, flexible and open, ask questions
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Have energy and time to devote to a child
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code DCF 56
  • Foster Parent Qualifications level 3 & 4