Altoona foster parents focus on reconnecting families

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Altoona (WQOW) — Mother’s Day is just a few days away, and a Wisconsin organization is asking you to keep foster moms in mind.

According to the Coalition for Children, Youth and Families, nearly 8,000 children and youth are currently in foster care across Wisconsin, with a growing need for more foster families.

Altoona residents Jessica and Shaun Kaiser have been foster parents for two years. They currently have four foster kids, along with three of their own. They told News 18 they recognize the important role they play in their foster children’s lives, but their goal is reconnecting families.

“A lot of people will say ‘isn’t that so hard to go through and let them go back?’ Yeah, it is, but at the same time, we’re super happy for them,” said Jessica Kaiser. “For Mother’s Day this year, the kids that we have, their mom is coming to celebrate Mother’s Day with all of us.”

The Kaiser’s encourage others to step up and fill the need for foster parents locally and across the state. They said being foster parents is rewarding because they know they’re offering children a safe and caring home, even if it’s temporary.

If you or someone you know would like to become a foster parent, or help area foster care systems, you can contact the following agencies;

  • Eau Claire County Foster Care
    • Sherill Jahr | Senior Social Worker
      Phone: (715) 839-1275
    • Angie Pichler | Social Worker
      Phone: (715) 839-6830
    • Jody Waletzki | Social Worker
      Phone: (715) 839-6788
  • Chippewa County Foster Care
    • Serena Schultz
    • Phone: (715) 726-7817
    • sschultz@co.chippewa.wi.us
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