For Youth

Resources for Foster Youth and Former Foster Youth

All her life, Brittany dreamed of going to college and becoming a doctor. As a foster child, she didn’t think these dreams could come true. But she was encouraged by some caring adults to start looking at colleges and to work hard to achieve good grades in high school. Today, Brittany is attending college, and even received a scholarship to help pay for her education. Brittany’s story of leaving the foster care system has just begun, but it’s already a successful one.

Aging out of the foster care system is a huge milestone in your life. This web guide will help connect you with the resources you need to become a successful, independent adult. You already have the most important resource you could have–yourself! With some hard work, planning, and a determined mind, your hopes and dreams for the future can come true, just like Brittany’s.

Never stop believing in yourself. Don’t give up when you make a mistake– acknowledge that you should have made a better choice and learn from it. No matter what your past, your future is what you make it.

If you need help, the Kids Matter staff can answer your questions or connect you with someone who can. Call us at 414-344-1220.

As a foster youth in Wisconsin, you can expect to

• Live in a safe, clean, and furnished home
• Have your own bed (with exceptions for two siblings of the same gender under 12 years of age)
• Have a place to store your things
• Be treated with respect by your foster parents and case managers
• Participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, school groups, or religious groups
• Attend religious services if you choose to
• Receive at least three healthy meals a day
• Receive weekly spending money
• Have enough clothes
• Take your personal belongings with you if you leave a foster home (personal belongings include anything you brought with you to the home, and anything that you were given to keep or that you received as a gift)
• Go to school
• Have quiet time to do your homework
• Go to a doctor when you need to, and see a dentist at least once a year (twice if you are under 13)

Your foster parent or parents can discipline you when you break the rules, but they may not punish you by physically hurting you. They cannot punish you by depriving you of mail, meals, or visits with your family.

No one can treat you unfairly because of your gender, race, or sexual identity.

If you are having problems at your foster home or some of your rights are being taken away, talk to your case manager. If you feel uncomfortable bringing up the problem with your foster parent or case manager, call us (414-344-1220), and we’ll make sure someone follows up.

These rights apply to youth in group homes as well as youth in standard and treatment foster homes.

This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Kids Matter Inc.