Trempealeau County
Human Services

PO Box 67
Whitehall WI, 54773-0067
( 715) 538-2311 Ext. 290
Fax: (715) 538-4274

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday


Trempealeau County's Family and Children's Service Unit is committed to preserving and strengthening the family unit whenever possible.  We believe that children have a right to grow up in a stable home environment.  We support families to remain together whenever possible.

When children are unable to live with their family, it is necessary to find an alternate arrangement for their care.  We rely on foster parents to provide care if there is not an available or appropriate family member to provide care to the child.  Trempealeau County is continually recruiting additional foster care resources.

What is Foster Care?
What Do Foster Children Need? 
What Are Some of the Requirements to Become a Foster Parent? 

·        must be 21 years of age
·        criminal background check and health exam
·        single or married in good health, with or without children of your own
·        can work in or outside of the home
·        own or rent a home or apartment
·        fire inspection and water test (if living in country)
·        must have another source of income
·        county licensing and training
·        vehicle liability and homeowner’s/renter’s insurance
·        must provide a safe physical environment 

The foster parent (s) decides which child to bring into the family.  Foster parents will receive a history of the child including his/her medical background.  A Trempealeau County Social Worker will make home visits after placement and be available for follow-up as needed. 

Financial and supplemental assistance are available to the foster family.  If a foster child has emotional, behavioral, or medical problems, an additional monthly supplemental payment may be made to cover the costs of caring for the child’s special needs.

Being a foster parent carries a very special reward - knowing that you are really helping someone that needs you very much.  Many children in Trempealeau County need your help - either full-time, respite or emergency foster care.  Think about it and join our Family to Family Foster Care Program.  Please call if you have any questions and speak with the Foster Home Coordinator at 715-538-2311, ext 290.