Our foster parents are special people who provide love, structure and safety to children who can’t be with their families or on their own. Foster parents know that in foster care, patience and acceptance of what each day may bring is essential, and the gift of love goes both ways.
Each foster care placement benefits from the strength of the vision shared by everyone involved: the child, the biological family, the foster family, treatment providers, and other significant people in the child’s life. The shared goal is to reunify the child with his/her family; if that goal can’t be reached, it may change to placing the child in a permanent family home.
Become a Foster Parent
If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, one of our licensed specialists will assist you every step of the way, from background checks to home studies. We also provide training as well as ongoing support and assistance.
A respite provider provides short term care for children in foster care. This could vary from a few hours to the whole weekend. Respite providers receive a stipend to help cover the costs of providing for the child while they are with them. Our respite parents are willing to provide respite to children in full time care or who live with their family and are in need of some respite time.
Informational Meetings About Foster Parenting
Learn more about becoming a foster parent by attending a one-hour informational meeting. Learn upcoming meeting dates and locations.
Make a Referral
This is a one-stop resource for placing agencies. Here you can download a referral form and request information on LSS foster care homes.
Meet Our Foster Care Team
Our foster care team is here for the children we serve and the parents who give them a home.
"I am very thankful for the family I have and their willingness to bring me into their lives. Reflecting on my experiences I have found that I am very resilient. Through all the situations I was put in, I was able to focus more on the positives in life and less on the negatives, to keep looking forward. I found forgiveness for those who had hurt me, and I found strength and perseverance to keep moving on. I did not let my bad experiences - whether it be life before foster care, an adoption that fell through or moving from home to home, not knowing what was coming next - inhibit my future."
-Former Foster Care Youth Adopted By a Family
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Foster Care Stories
Meet Jill and Randy Polifka who have welcomed more than 40 foster children into their home. Hear their story and that of Jessie, who came to live with them when she was 16.
Published February 2017
The Alseth family of South Range received the Outstanding Adoptive Family Award, after adopting two special needs children and fostering a third.
Published April 2016
Ciara thought no one wanted her - until Greg and Joelle Scheithauer of Ogema, WI, asked her to be their daughter. With the help of LSS, they are now a forever family.
Sara Meyer and Mike Witzke of LSS talk about the need for more foster care homes in the La Crosse area in a TV interview with Eric Jacobson of WKBT.
Broadcast July 2016
Foster Care Services Brochure
Learn more about foster care, the services available through LSS and the rewards of becoming a foster parent in our comprehensive brochure.
The William and Rosalyn Hamrick Scholarship Fund
The William and Rosalyn Hamrick Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarship support to children served through the programs of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS). Priority consideration for distributions from the Fund will be given to youth who have been served by LSS's adoption, foster care and residential care programs. To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors who are enrolling in a four-year university, community college, technical school or individuals who have been out of school for two years or less and want to return.
Applications are reviewed twice per year: June 1 and November 15
Download the William and Rosalyn Hamrick Scholarship Application
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