Foundations Health & Wholeness Now Offering Foster Care Therapy Program

Posted on 2-08-2023

Foundations Health & Wholeness is now offering mental health therapy services at no cost for foster families, foster youth & teens, and the biological families of foster youth associated with the Foster Care by Foundations program. Foster Care Resident Therapist, Katie Szerkins, is now providing these compassionate outpatient therapy services to all of those who are eligible, and the therapy can either be conducted in person at the Green Bay mental health clinic or virtually via telehealth to improve accessibility of care.

“What makes our Foster Care by Foundations program distinct from other organizations is the level of high quality support we offer to our foster parents. We consider Foster Care by Foundations to be a parent-first program because we understand that our foster parents are the ones working with foster youth around the clock at home,” said Ryan Good, President & CEO of Foundations Health & Wholeness. “Our foster parents are the reason we can do the work we do! In turn, we offer the 24/7/365 excellent support from expert case workers, training, tools, and warm connection that our foster parents need to feel supported and successful on their fostering journey.”

The latest addition of no cost dedicated mental health therapy services for all those associated with the Foster Care by Foundations program, including the biological families of youth in foster care, is yet another vital form of support Foundations offers their foster families. Moreover, Foundations recognizes that a trauma-informed approach to health and wholeness, including mental health care, is important for all involved in fostering.

Foundations is delighted to have Katie’s innovative and expert services available for the foster care program. Katie received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and she is licensed as an Advanced Practice Social Worker working towards clinical licensure. Katie is a long-time foster and adoptive parent, a state foster parent champion, and has experience working in county child protection. Katie is trauma-informed, TF- CBT trained, and culturally sensitive. Katie has experience working therapeutically with children ages 2 and up, adults, and families with a variety of needs, including trauma, grief and loss, attachment, adoption, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.

Katie offers warm, empathic, fun, and client-centered sessions, the optimal setting for growth and healing.

Those interested in learning about becoming a licensed foster parent with Foundations Health & Wholeness, are invited to contact Collin Drews, Foundations’ statewide foster care recruiting manager, via email to [email protected] or by phone at 920-606-1205.

Foundations Health & Wholeness

Foundations Health & Wholeness serves the community by healing mind and spirit through mental health counseling and foster care.

Mental Health Counseling

  • Our main clinic offers full range of mental health and addiction services.
  • We partner with social organizations in ten different locations to embed our therapists to serve children and adults with significant barriers to care, including those living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, the aging and people with disabilities. These satellite clinics offer an opportunity for us to train and supervise the next generation of licensed therapists and address the scarcity of licensed therapists in Wisconsin.
  • We also provide counseling at three public schools. We are the founder, and an active member, of Connections for Mental Wellness, a coalition of mental health care providers seeking to reduce the number of poor mental health days.

We provide approximately 12,000 mental health sessions every year, plus casual support, psycho-education, and over 500 hours of service on mental health tasks forces and committees. About 60% of our clients are either uninsured or under-insured, and we keep our doors open to everyone in need of mental health counseling.


In foster care, we recruit, license, and train foster parents. We work with counties throughout Wisconsin to provide placement and case management for children in need of loving foster homes. We provide treatment-level foster care to support children have experienced trauma, and have higher emotional and physical needs. Through our foster care offices in Green Bay, Greater Milwaukee area, Sheboygan/Lakeshore area, the Fox Valley, and soon Janesville, we serve over 130 children every year. The number of children we serve grows every year.


Foundations Health & Wholeness. The three words in our name relate around approach to care:

  • Foundations – we are here to walk with people has they strengthen the foundations of their mind and spirit
  • Health – Mental health is a key component of overall health and well-being. The World Health Organization defines health as, “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being & not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
  • Wholeness – Wholeness is unity. It’s a personal state of forming a complete and harmonious life.