General Information
Phone Numbers
(608) 930-9801
Fax: (608) 935-0371
Emergencies: Dial 911
303 W. Chapel St.
Suite 2300

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Thomas C. Slaney

Foster Care

What is Foster Care?

Foster care is temporary family care when a child is unable to stay at home or with his or her parents.  The ultimate goal of the Agency and the foster parents is to reunify a child with their birth parents or relatives.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent in Iowa County, please contact the Foster Care Coordinator at (608)930-9801. Click here for a brochure on Foster Care

Is Foster Care a Good Fit for Me?

  • Do you have enough space in your home for the child to have a bed of his or her own (not in a common living space)?
  • Are the members of your household in good health?
  • Does your income meet the basic needs of your own family?
  • Are you willing and able to make adjustments in your life and your home to meet the specific needs of a child place in your home?
  • Do you have the ability to accept a child where he or she is at mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually?
  • Are you able to maintain a positive attitude toward a child’s parents and work cooperatively with them?
  • Are you willing and able to take a child to counseling appointments, doctor’s visits, court hearings, and other activities?
  • Are you comfortable with the fact that a child placed in your home may eventually return to his or her own home?

Other Ways to Help Children in Foster Care

  • Become a Certified Respite Provider to offer foster parents a break from their responsibilities.  To learn more about becoming a Certified Respite Provider, please contact the Foster Care Coordinator at (608)930-9801. Click here for a brochure on Respite Care
  • Help recruit people you believe would make great foster parents!  Please refer friends and family to our website, Facebook Page, or call (608)930-9801 for more information.
  • Consider having your business become a “Foster Friendly Business.”  Offering discounts to foster families is a fantastic way to show support!  If your business is already “Foster Friendly,” please share this information with the Foster Care Coordinator, so all foster families can be made aware.
  • Plan a service project for your group that benefits children in foster care, such as collecting donated items (i.e.: school supplies, care packages, baby items, etc.).
  • Help provide Christmas gifts for children in foster care by participating in the Iowa County Holiday Project.  To learn more about donating for the Holiday Project, please call (608)930-9801.

To learn more about foster care and adoption, please visit:

Click here for Foster Parent Inquiry Form 



Foster Care Licensing

Certification Level

Level I

Level II

Correlation to Current System

Child-Specific Homes

Current DCF 56 Foster Care, including child-specific licenses

Eligible for kinship care

Payment during licensure

Only relatives who meet current kinship care eligibility during licensing process

Base Foster Care Licensing Code

* Must meet 56.01-56.12

* Relatives may be granted Non-Safety Related Waivers

Basic Foster Care Maintenance Rate

$238 payment

Age-related payments

Supplemental or Exceptional Payments

Does not quality

Qualifies given a child’s specific needs

Clothing Allowance

Qualifies if the child meets the criteria

Certification Level

Certification Level

Level I

Level II


*  None

*  3 positive references from non-related individuals

Training Requirements

*   Preplacement training within 6 months of licensure

*  Preplacement prior to placement of a child or within 6 months of licensure

*  30 hours foundation training within initial licensure period

*  10 hours ongoing training in each 12-month period of licensure subsequent to initial licensure period