May is National Foster Care Month!
All children — including the 27 children and youth in foster care and 46 children in relative or “Kinship” placements currently in Columbia County — deserve a safe, happy life. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them.
Each May, we salute the compassionate people who make a difference by serving as foster parents and relative caregivers. Thanks to these unsung heroes, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will safely reunite with their parents, be cared for by relatives, or be adopted by loving families.
In Wisconsin, more than 5,100 families are currently licensed foster care providers.
On average, 7,000 children in the state of Wisconsin will be placed with these foster families. On a typical day, approximately 8,000 children are living with foster families. The amount of time a child stays in foster care can vary from as little as a few days to a number of years. Most children in foster care will return home in less than three months, however some children are still in foster care after two years.
Columbia County Health and Human Services is actively seeking foster parents interested in providing a structured, stable, and loving home for children of all ages both long and short-term. Columbia County adolescents (ages 10-18 years) are in the greatest need of individuals/families to care for them.
Training is provided for families committed to becoming licensed as a foster home. Foster parents are compensated through a monthly payment that is based on the needs of each particular child.
You CAN make a difference in the life of a child!!
Please contact Kelsi Bishop at (608) 742-9245 for more information and to apply.