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Respite foster care


What is respite foster care?

Respite foster care is temporary child care which is provided in your home. It is a vital support service to full-time foster parents and other families. As a respite foster provider, you have the option to care for children according to your schedule and availability.

Requirements for respite foster care providers

Respite foster parents can be single, married, divorced or partnered. You can rent or own a house or apartment.

Basic qualifications:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have sufficient income to support your own financial obligations
  • Undergo background checks, home study and assessment process
  • Possess sound judgment and positive parenting skills
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have renter's/homeowner's/vehicle insurance
  • Have appropriate bedroom space for foster child(ren)
  • Have a physical examination completed by your doctor (this is required for each household member)
  • Complete the required pre-license education

Respite foster care application process

We encourage you to attend an information meeting to learn more about the respite foster care program.

To apply for a respite foster care license download the application form. Return the completed form to Amy Basting.

  • Email:
  • Fax: (414) 453-2538
  • Mail: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services
    620 S. 76th St., Ste. 120
    Milwaukee, WI 53214
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Email us to let us know how we can help or what questions we can answer.

Purchase of Service

If you would like to arrange respite care for a foster child, contact the Purchase of Service (POS) respite program coordinator, Libbie Pribek at or (414) 292-4194.