Foster Care

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Foster Care

The Department of Social Services Foster Care Program provides services and programs aimed at achieving safety and stability of children, youth and families in Fond du Lac County.  The overall goal of this unit is for all children in this county to have a safe, permanent home. 

The Foster Care Program is comprised of the following programs and services:


Family Service and Case Management

FDL Co. Shelter Care, 79 E. 9th St Fond du Lac, 929-3424   (map)
Shelter Care provides short term care to children who have been victims of abuse or neglect, delinquent youth and status offenders.  Up to eight children, ages 10 through 17 may reside at Shelter Care at any given time.  Shelter Care is in operation 24 hours per day 365 days per year.

Lawrence Galow Memorial Group Home, 32 S. Military St. Fond du Lac, 922-4050 (map)
This is a residential group home for male adolescents ages 14 to 17 years.  Youth are ordered to Galow by a Juvenile Court Judge.  Galow staff work with residents, their families, counselors, schools and other service providers to implement a treatment plan that will assist residents in successfully returning to their homes or other appropriate living setting.

Youth Independent Living/Transitional Living Program, 251 Elm St., Fond du Lac, 924-2420 (map)
This program provides community based outreach services to youth ages 15 to 23 who have been in foster care for at least six months or who have had involvement in Juvenile Court services and have been referred to the program.  The goal is to assist youth and young adults in developing skills, education and resources to become productive, contributing members of our community. Youth may benefit from the following services:

  • Mentoring
  • Twelve-week Independent Living Class
  • Job Readiness Class
  • Cooking classes
  • Skills groups
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Job search and maintenance assistance
  • Exploring Career Experiences Group
  • Mind Up Group
  • Housing and economic support services
  • Basic hygiene and home maintenance training
  • Assistance with higher education and career planning
  • Tutoring
  • Problem-solving
  • ETV funds for former foster youth continuing in higher education
  • Assistance with scholarship and financial aid applications


Fond du Lac County Foster Care Program

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There is a need for foster parents who can care for children on a short term and long term basis.  Foster parents care for children while the child’s parents make improvements in their situation so the children can be returned home.  We have a significant need for families able to care for sibling groups of three or more and for teens. 

Types of Foster Care:

Receiving Homes: These foster parents are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to take emergency placements.  Foster children can remain in a receiving home for up to thirty days.  They may return home, be placed with a relative or move on to a general foster home during that time.

General Foster Homes:  These homes provide long-term care for foster children until they can be reunified with their family or until permanency is achieved.  Foster parents receive a monthly subsidy to care for foster children.  Foster parents work as part of a team with social workers, teachers, counselors, and birth parents to make sure the child’s needs are met while they remain in the foster home.  Foster parents attend school conferences, medical appointments, and transport children to visits with their birth parents.

Respite Homes:  These homes provide short term care for birth families and other foster families who need a short break from daily routine and stress.  A daily rate is paid to provide care for the child(ren).

Specific Foster Homes:  These foster homes are licensed specifically for a child(ren).  The child(ren) may be a relative, neighbor, or friend.  Specific foster homes have the same expectations, responsibilities and benefits as a general foster home.


Contacts: Foster Care Coordinators (920) 929-7114 or (920) 929-7013 

Foster Parent Resources and Links

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