Fostering Healing

Why “Fostering Healing”?

Children who have been abused, neglected, lost a loved one to homicide, witnessed domestic violence or experienced other trauma often spend time being cared for by relatives or foster parents. We help caregivers navigate complex systems and access supportive services so the children they love can heal and thrive.

Children who have experienced trauma often show the impact of the trauma in their behavior or attitude. Caregivers often have questions or need information. Those who are not legal guardians face challenges getting help for the children they love.

What We Do

We work as a team of social workers, family advocates, and attorneys to help caregivers navigate complex systems (child welfare, criminal justice, family court, and children’s court).  We provide caregivers with knowledge and tools to help them meet the needs of the children they love, including;

  • Emotional support and advocacy to help access various systems
  • Legal guidance and pro bono representation (as appropriate)
  • Collaboration with community agencies and service providers
  • Crisis and short-term counseling
  • Trauma symptom assessment, referral & follow-up services
  • Assist with Crime Victim Compensation benefits
  • Serve as a liaison to the criminal justice system and provide support during court hearings

These services are free, voluntary, and confidential. Services are offered through a grant from the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice to assist child victims and their caregivers.

Our program does not replace formal child welfare services . Rather, we support and supplement those services by working in collaboration with the child welfare agencies when appropriate.

The Fostering Healing Program is supported in part by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2011-081-13 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the grantor agencies.