Foster Care

About Our Program

We believe a strong relationship begins with you. Our programs provide initial and ongoing support to foster, adoptive, and kinship or relative parents across the state of Wisconsin. All aspects of our programs aim to educate, teach, support, and provide resources to parents for this major step in their lives. Our goal is to successfully train members of the community to effectively care for the children they parent both temporarily and permanently. Please refer to our calendar to see if we’re coming to a city near you.

Preplacement Training

Taking the first steps to becoming a Foster or Adoptive parent can seem overwhelming. Here at the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership, we understand the pressure of this task, and are here to help with numerous trainings, services, and resources to help you transition as easily as possible. Preplacement  provides the fundamental information needed to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child. Click here for more information.

Foundation Training

This curriculum explores the key aspects of foster parenting, focusing on both knowledge and skills building, to successfully educate future role models. Click here for more information. 

Ongoing Training

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership currently offers ongoing training through online classes and in-person classroom sessions. The ongoing trainings are also open to relative caregivers who want to continue their education on topics related to issues that affect children and/or the child protection system. Having knowledge on just one of these important topics can make a huge difference for the child or children you foster. Click here for more information. Different modules are offered throughout the year, so check back often.


The Foster and Adoptive program offers a variety of trainings in a multitude of areas. Included is more information on specific courses, dates, times, and locations of trainings, and their coordinating PDS class number. Click here for the current calendars.


All registration can be completed through the PDS Online System. We highly recommend signing up as soon as possible, as courses typically fill to capacity on a first come, first serve basis. Please consult your supervisor, licensing worker/foster care coordinator, or the identified training personnel within your agency for any questions about which courses you are required to take.PDS Help Guides are located on the bottom of the Calendar page.


The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership has gathered a list of beneficial resources that center around the Foster and Adoptive Program. The Information for Caregivers to Foster Children toolkit and our Resources page are great additional resources that compliment your training.