Facts & Data

  • 6,909 Children 0-17 in foster care
  • 12% Youth who are not with a family (in group/institution)
  • 20 Average length of stay for children in FC (months)
  • 511 Number of children at risk for aging out
  • 44% Youth with 1 placement
  • 26% Youth with 2 placements
  • 13% Youth with 3 placements
  • 17% Youth with 4 or more placements

About Wisconsin



  • Governor https://walker.wi.gov/

Wisconsin Highlights

Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care

Learn about the foster care reform effort led by the Wisconsin legislature. In 2017, the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care, a bipartisan committee, developed a set of recommendations to address the needs of children, with a focus on helping families caring for children who enter foster care and in preventing the need for children to enter foster care in the first place.

Foster Forward Recommendations

In February 2018, the Wisconsin Assembly enacted 13 bills known as the “Foster Forward” reform package, based on recommendations from the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care. The package now awaits consideration by the Senate. The 13 bills focus on keeping kids in their homes and out of the system, giving foster children better medical care, and paying for their college.



From Players to Partners, a news article by the National Conference of State Legislatures

On The Navajo Nation, Foster Care Families Are In Short Supply (Includes audio)

Summaries of the Family First Prevention Services Act by the Children's Defense Fund

Searchable database of state Child and Family Services Plans (HHS)

CliffsNotes on Family First Act by the Chronicle of Social Change

Sign the Pledge

Sign the pledge to show your support for today’s amazing foster parents and the importance of quality foster parenting.

See the Latest

CHAMPS is an exciting new policy campaign with dozens of partner organizations working together to highlight the vital importance of foster parents to the health and well-being of children in foster care. Check out what’s going on nationally and in the states.