May Is National Foster Care Month

Beyond Yourself :: One Wisconsin Family’s Foster Parenting Story in the Age of Coronavirus

There are a variety of ways to get involved in foster care that fit your interests, skills, and availability. For example, with 3 children of their own, Teal and Jenny Fyksen generously opened up their hearts and their home to provide 10 hours per week of respite care to 3- and 4-year-old siblings in an attempt to help a family avoid foster care placement for their children. Read their story as part of a dedicated team working together to help a family in need, and what happened when the aftereffects of coronavirus struck.

You can also donate supplies that will get matched to foster families or volunteer at several area churches who provide foster parents with meals, transportation to appointments, child care, or mentoring. Read on for heart-warming local stories and for various ways you can assist with foster care in Marathon County. (Click the title for details…)

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How to Thank Families Who Open Their Homes & Hearts to Children in Need

Marathon County Department of Social Services would like to thank each and every one of our local foster parents and their families for being an essential piece of the puzzle in our child welfare system — keeping children who are not able to remain in the home of their parents safe and loved. (Click the title to be inspired by our foster care families here in Marathon County…)