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Need for foster parents in Waukesha County reaches 'crisis level'

Posted at 6:42 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 09:04:20-05

MUKWONAGO -- The need for foster parents in Waukesha County is so dire, siblings are being separated from each other.

Another issue is that people want to foster younger children, or one at a time.

TODAY'S TMJ4 met a Mukwonago couple that decided to take in three teen brothers, and found out why the crisis is getting worse.

Waukesha County is at a critical shortage for foster parents. Especially to keep siblings together as a family. Right now, Waukesha's Department of Health and Human Services reports seven different sets of sibling are separated, totaling 18 children.

Kelli Tourville shared it was a sign she spotted while driving into work that made her stop in her tracks.

"Just like you would see a rummage sale, 'come shop today' except what the sign actually said was, 'we are in need for foster parents.' It hit home," said Tourville.

If it was not for the Tourvilles, the brothers they have fostered over the past two years may have been separated into other counties.

"I think there's this perception that it's only an inner-city problem and that couldn't be further from the truth," said Paul Tourville, foster parent.

To become a foster parent in Waukesha County call (262) 896-8574 or click here.