State & Local Organizations

There are many organizations that support foster, kinship, and adoptive parents. On this page, you will find a list of a few suggested websites and support groups that you might find helpful. Please feel free to contact us at 800-762-8063 with questions or other support group informational needs.

  • Adoption-Themed Movies
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • The Child Welfare League of America is the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. The Child Welfare League is committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families and protecting every child from harm.
  • Connect for Kids (AKA Spark Action) makes the best use of communications technologies, specifically the Internet, to give adults (parents, grandparents, guardians, educators, advocates, policymakers, elected officials, and others) the tools and information they need to improve the lives of youth and families. The Connect for Kids online publication covers more than 30 topics, ranging from arts to youth development, foster care to adoption, and welfare reform.
  • Dr. John DeGarmo’s website for news, information, and resources on all things foster care.
  • Families Rising
  • Kindering Center is committed to creating and providing superior, individualized, family-centered services for children who are disabled, medically fragile, or vulnerable because of abuse or neglect to develop maximum potential, hope, and community understanding.
  • National Foster Parent Association
  • Searching for Birth Relatives: Children and adults who were adopted sometimes wonder about their birth family and their own history. It can be a life-changing decision to search for pieces of information or even meet members of your birth family. If you’re thinking about searching for your birth family, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Children & Families web page about the Adoption Records Search Program. You might also be interested in our tip sheet, To Search or Not to Search.
  • The Strategic Sharing Booklet from is a great guide for those involved in foster care. You may have opportunities to share your life story with others in order to educate and influence them. Whether you are a person in or from foster care, a care provider, a professional, or an interested community member, you’ve lived a story of your own.
  • Wisconsin Foster and Adoptive Parents Association

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