Every child needs a champion. Every champion needs support.
Our mission is to inspire, inform, and support individuals and families caring for children and youth touched by foster care and adoption. Families who use the Coalition services have:
- Increased access to and use of resources
- A stronger network of support
- Improved confidence in their ability to be a “no matter what” family
Because of our work, foster and adoptive families are strong and resilient—they are flexible, accepting, able to celebrate each victory, and endure lifelong.
As a trusted and continuing presence through every stage of a family’s foster or adoption experience, the Coalition is in the unique position of being an advocate for the children most in need of connection, a coach for foster and adoptive families to achieve resilience, and a leader in the state’s foster care and adoption ecosystem.
Our fundamental purpose is to strengthen foster and adoptive families, equipping them with the tools and resources they need to continually move toward resilience and stability. Many children in the foster and adoption system have faced traumas in their early lives, and the effects of these traumas follow these children into their new families, surfacing as behaviors that can be perplexing, disruptive, and even heartbreaking.
As wonderful and rewarding as parenting these children can be, the process sometimes demands heroic efforts by parents. The stress can build up, sometimes leaving parents feeling like they’re out of answers, helpless, and alone.
The Coalition is here to help.
Advocating for the children most in need of connection
We take an innovative approach to inspiring more Wisconsin families to consider foster care and adoption by using billboards, social media campaigns, and memorable public service announcements. From weekly emails and quarterly publications to more in-depth informational articles on a variety of topics relating to foster care, adoption, and caring for children, we offer a host of opportunities for parents to be lifelong learners on how best to meet the needs of the children in their care.
“You offer so many resources that are beneficial from the very start.”
– Caroline, foster parent
“I’m so glad I called today. Thank you so much for the information and resources.”
– Jonathan, adoptive dad
Coach foster and adoptive families to achieve resilience
When a family is feeling overwhelmed, they need to know that there is a compassionate, responsive, and safe place for them to turn – and that place is the Coalition. Our Resource Team responds to parents, caregivers, and child welfare team members via email, phone calls, or online inquiries. By offering each family advice, resources, and referrals that are specific to their individual family situation, we help families know that it’s okay to ask for help. As a trusted and continuing partner throughout a family’s foster or adoptive journey, families know that they always have someone to turn to.
“I’m so grateful to know there is a resource like you out there for all families. I am going to share what an amazing and helpful organization you are!”
– Benji, foster and adoptive father
“I feel like the Coalition truly cares about families.”
– Linda, adoptive parent
Leading the viability and success of Wisconsin’s foster care & adoption ecosystem
From children, families, and caseworkers, to agencies, advocates, and policymakers, there are a lot of people and parties involved with the foster care and adoption ecosystem. Whether a parent faces an urgent need for resources, a supportive peer, or trustworthy tips to help care for the children in their home, or policymakers need vetted and authoritative information, the Coalition helps to balance the needs and interests of all those involved. We are Wisconsin’s central and comprehensive hub for up-to-date, in-depth, and definitive information about every aspect of foster care and adoption. Our publications and resources are frequently referenced and shared by foster care and adoption agencies within Wisconsin, as well as national organizations, such as the Child Welfare Information Gateway and the North American Council on Adoptable Children.
“I wanted to let you know I tell all my families to look at your information because it is so helpful.”
– Tammy, case manager