Wisconsin couple fosters kids to help with the area’s increased need

“We made a lasting impact in their lives”

A Germantown foster parent is encouraging everyone in the community to either be a foster parent or to support a foster family.

“The need is great in Germantown and in Washington County,” said Kate Lafferty.

If you cannot foster yourself, she suggested donating food, gift cards or clothing to help foster families.

You may have seen the plethora of ground stake signs or social media posts seeking to recruit foster parents in Germantown and other communities. That’s because the need for foster families has substantially increased in the last two years — in fact, the need is up 35% in Washington County, according to Kayla Trimberger, foster care and kinship coordinator in the county’s human services department.

Statewide, the number of Wisconsin children in foster care has increased by 25% since 2012, said Linda Wickstrom, public communications coordinator for the Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services.

Foster parents can be single, married, divorced or partnered individuals, Trimberger said.

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