Foster care

To the Editor

May is National Foster Care Month, and it is time to acknowledge the job done by our foster parents in providing homes to children needing a temporary safe and caring family throughout Sheboygan County. These children may have experienced severe abuse and/or neglect, sexual abuse, been exposed to a lifestyle of violence and illegal drug abuse in their own homes. Foster children have an extraordinary capacity to overcome many of these challenges -but only if they have the support of a caring adult in their lives. Today’s foster parents go through a full series of trainings before children are placed in their homes. Foster parents willingly accept these children into their homes and families and attempt to provide them with the structure and nurturing that the child may not have received in the past. Foster parents are asked to work closely with our Department and the parents of these children. Ideally, birth parents address the issues that led to their child’s removal, and then are reunited with their child. While these reunifications can be sad for foster parents, safely reuniting a child with their parents, where all children belong, is viewed as a tremendous accomplishment by all parties. There is nothing more satisfying than to look into the face of a child who now feels safe and secure, and to know that you had a part in that. If you would like to know more about foster care, please visit or call (920) 459-6418. Words alone cannot express the gratitude that this Department has for the job done by our foster parents. On behalf of us all, and the children of Sheboygan County, we say “Thank You”!

Martin J. Bonk
Manager, Division of Social
Sheboygan County Health &
Human Service Department

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