Legislation Creating Grants to Support Foster Families Signed into Law

 April 4, 2018

MADISON – Today, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 787, authored by Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), which establishes a foster family support fund administered as a grant program with counties, nonprofits and other organizations to support foster families.  Representative Subeck served as a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care. AB 787, was part of the task force’s Foster Forward package of bills to improve Wisconsin’s foster care system.

“Wisconsin foster families give so much of themselves to provide for the children in their care, but even the most committed foster families can face challenges in providing specialized care or finding the resources to afford experiences like field trips and extra-curricular activities,” said Rep. Subeck.

AB 787 creates a grant program for counties, non-profits, and tribes to fund initiatives that support foster families as they strive to provide normalcy for Wisconsin’s foster care population. These grants can be used to assist efforts in retaining existing foster parents, expanding education for foster parents, and reimbursements for expenses related to providing normalcy for foster children like field trip costs, a band uniform, or to cover fees and equipment to play football

“The grants will help attract and retain foster families whether it is by assisting with extra training or giving families the ability to offer foster children more opportunities,” said Rep. Subeck. “This legislation and the entire Foster Forward package is a critical first step in improving the lives of foster children and families.”