Child Treatment Foster Care

A unique program for kids who have high-needs, are medically fragile, and are unable to live at home.

Child Treatment Foster Care

The Lori Knapp Companies are pleased to provide services that are designed to provide quality care for children, and to ease the burden on parents who have high-needs, medically fragile children. We provide a home-like atmosphere, encourage involvement from families, as well as help bridge community integration including school participation, recreational activities, and the like.

Our company's roots were established back in 1972, starting with services for children who have a disability. Building a house from the ground up, we were successful paving the way for a new kind of loving, professional, home-like environment for children to prosper. As a result, Don and Bette Knapp were able to provide a new kind of non-institutional living option for their daughter, Lori Jane Knapp, and five others.

Carrying on our company's tradition, our Child Treatment Foster Care program can serve to keep families intact. Data has shown that the burden of caring for a child with a disability, with medical needs, and/or personal care needs at home can overwhelmed parents. Unique programs like ours can help families stay together. We can offer you services such as in-home cares or our licensed child treatment foster care residence. Regardless, our job will be to help foster a caring environment for children with developmental disabilities and medical needs with an emphasis on quality.


What We Offer: Our unique Child Treatment Foster Care program offers a lot to children under the age of 18 and families. Children who are good candidates for this program must have some kind of disability, medical and/or personal care needs that cannot be managed in the child's home or in traditional children's foster home settings.

Licensed and Supervised: We are a licensed Child Treatment Foster Home through the State of Wisconsin. Additionally, we are supervised by and work in collaboration with La Crosse County. Being licensed in this fashion allows for an extra set of eyes on us to help ensure that we are quality-based.

Accessible, with a Light Always On: Our community-based children's home is wheelchair accessible and has a 24-hour awake staff.

How We Plan and Carry Out That Plan: Our model of care is person-driven and utilizes an Individualized Service Plan to keep things consistent. Families are encouraged to be a part of any planning for their child.

There's Nothing Better Than Family: We strive to keep a "family-style" environment. Additionally, families are encouraged to be as involved as often as they wish. Our doors are always open.

Covering the Bases, Medically-Speaking: To help meet the medical needs of the children we serve, we have an RN on staff.

Strength In Numbers: Because needs change over time, we utilize a Care Management Team approach. Meeting monthly, people from different disciplines come to the table will evaluate and improve every child's Individualized Plan of Care. those folks were typically a part of the meetings can include (among others):

  • Family Members
  • Case Managers
  • RN and other Medical Professionals
  • School Professionals
  • Recreational Professionals
  • Key Members of the Lori Knapp Companies Caregiving Team
  • Others, As Needed

In Summary: The Lori Knapp Companies Child Treatment Foster Care program is designed to not only meet the needs of children, but also do it in a manner that encourages love and family. We would love the opportunity to talk with you about your questions and needs. Contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation discussion today!

Who are good candidates for this type of service?

Children with severe physical or developmental disabilities who require specialized care and whose families wish to remain an integral part of their child's life.

Why choose the Lori Knapp Companies for my service?

We understand that trust is earned. We also understand the value that working with people who are compassionate and provide good care (among others) are essential qualities that any residential care provider is measured against. You, our customer, are important. We understand that we are here to provide excellent care to you. Our program is focused to making sure that we understand your needs and train our staff to meet those needs. Our caring staff are well trained, quality-centered individuals. We will look to your child's needs, and your desires as your child's Individualized Plan of Care is being developed.

What will my home be like?

Supervision: Our home will be staffed 24-hours per day. Care staff will include supervising registered nurses (RN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), nurse aides, and personal care workers. Exact ratios and types of staff working will be based on the nursing needs of the children living in the home. Lori Knapp Companies will be responsible for managing the staffing patterns at the home and ensuring that staff are trained, qualified, and have had criminal background checks completed prior to working with children in the home.

Home-Like Environment: We take pride in the fact that residences within the Lori Knapp Companies system are "homes". Although we're a business, we work hard to keep a home-like environment. We strive to have the home be the least institutional as possible. Furnishings are provided, but personal items & belongings are encouraged ...that way you can personalize your living space. When you walk into our front door you feel at home. Like any other Lori Knapp Companies residence, our Child Treatment Foster Care residents is more than a "house"… it is a unique "home."

Accommodation Options:

  • Private rooms for for each child.
  • Large outdoor kid-friendly play area.
  • Walk-in shower or child-friendly tub.

Plenty of room to accommodate physical and occupational needs, based upon their Individualized Service Plan (ISP).

Safety/Security: We consider safety to be very important. We help maintain safety by making certain of adequate staffing ratios, and by having weekly quality reviews to assure that we are complying with established guidelines.

How do I get more info or start the admission process?

Use our contact page to send us a message online or to receive our telephone and mailing address. Individuals receiving public funding will need to coordinate with their care management team to start a referral process. To best serve you, we wish to know you and your child's needs. Through simple discussion, we can begin the process of learning with a no-cost, no-obligation telephone call or face-to-face meeting. We will work with you, your family, and other applicable experts to meet your individual needs. All aspects of your care are meticulously assessed and a plan is developed specifically for you.

How much will it cost me to live here?

We encourage a phone call to discuss your individual situation. If you are eligible for government funding, we will refer you to the right agencies for help. These include County Human and Social Service agencies. Whether you are privately paying or accessing services through public funding, insurance, or other funding, the Lori Knapp Companies will work with you to help you receive the best care you deserve at costs you can afford. Charges are structured on a per day, per care level formula. Our rates are comparable to other long-term care facilities designed specifically for children with behavioral or developmental needs. Please be assured that we will do our best to work with you, as well as help answer any questions that you may have. Feel comfortable giving us a call to start a dialog with us about your needs, your questions, and your concerns.

Who will be my Caregivers?

The caregivers for you child will provide consistent, quality cares that encourage dignity and safety. The core caregiving team includes: a registered nurse, a staff of certified personal care workers, nursing assistants, and a management team. Guiding the team is a RN supervisor, and a full-time residential coordinator who oversee all daily activities. To promote consistency and quality for your child's caregivers, mandatory staff trainings are structured to cover the following areas: safety & well being, privacy & confidentiality, client rights, prevention of abuse and neglect, medication oversight, diabetic care, specific dietary needs, non-violent crisis intervention for persons with challenging behaviors, seizures, promoting health and wellness, needs and assessment, supervised on the job training, and additional state-mandated trainings. If there are special care needs, your staff will be trained to meet those needs. Having adequate caregivers on-site to serve you is the key to success. Having adequate team members on-site to serve you is the key to success. Our home is staffed to meet the needs of the child's supervision and care needs. Because we know that your medical needs are important, an RN visits the home weekly. The RN will get to know you and ensure that your staff are competently trained to meet your ongoing needs.

What would a typical day be like for me?

Activities: Activities are an important part of anyone's daily lifestyle. Knowing that choice is important, we will encourage your involvement in meaningful social, cultural, and recreational activities. These can include community outings, walks, shopping, arts and crafts, cooking activities, and other activities that interest your child.

Choices: Having the ability to make choices throughout the day is important and necessary. Your child's independence is encouraged in your choice of daily routine and activities, as appropriate. Your caregivers at the Birka Children's Home will work with you to encourage a safe and meaningful routine.

Visitors: Keeping in touch with family and friends is a vital element. We have a family room available for visits with your child. We welcome visits from family and friends at any time during the day.

Meals & Diet: While we have established meal times, we will accomodate any special meals or diets as identified in your child's Individualized Service Plan (ISP). We recognize that growing children need multiple meals and nutritional snacks throughout the day.

Medication Oversight: Any medications and therapies prescribed for your child will be managed and administered by our trained staff. Our medication practices follow the state of Wisconsin & La Crosse County health guidelines.

Housekeeping: Each child will be encouraged, but not required, to take part in activities of daily living as identified in your child's Individualized Service Plan (ISP).

School/Education Integration: We will work with any school (or other educational entity) to support your child's educational goals as identified in your child's Individualized Service Plan (ISP).

What kinds of health services are offered?

Lori Knapp Companies staff, RN, Residential Coordinator (or delegate) will coordinate with you, your children's primary physician, and/or other health care providers that are indicated within in your child's Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Our caregivers will evaluate, monitor and provide services as identified within in your child's Individualized Service Plan (ISP). Skilled nursing services may be provided by an independent registered nurse (RN) as identified within your child's Individualized Service Plan (ISP).

Are recreational or leisure therapeutic offered?

Recreational and Therapeutic services shall be provided or arranged as indicated by the needs and interests of your child. These services may range from family-type, home-centered recreational activities to attending community activities and events. Activities will be commensurate with the child's developmental abilities, and medical needs.

Are Respite Services Offered?

If you feel that your child does not need long term placement, you may be interested in our respite services. Feel comfortable contacting us to inquire about respite availability and to talk to our experienced and friendly staff with any questions that you may have.

What about Individualized Service Plans (ISPs) for my child?

Each child will have an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) developed. The ISP will address strategies and treatment programs related to goals and outcomes identified in an initial assessment of your child. The goals will be written with both short and long-term objectives, time limits for completion, and be stated in measurable terms. This is the quality assurance tool to ensure that your child's needs are met. The ISP will be evaluated monthly by:

  • Family Members
  • Case Managers
  • RN and other Medical Professionals
  • School Professionals
  • Recreational Professionals
  • Key Members of the Lori Knapp Companies Caregiving Team
  • Others, as Needed

When it comes to education, what services are offered?

Staff from Lori Knapp Companies will work with any identified school district to support your child's educational goals. We are happy to entertain any ideas & directions in order to give your child the best educational opportunity, including options where the solution is to "think outside of the box". Got questions, thoughts or ideas? Consider contacting us to see how we can make a difference!

Programs in Development

The Lori Knapp Companies are continually looking for new ways to broaden our scope of providing services to those who need them. To that end, some of the programs that are being considered include residences for persons needing Ventilator (Vent) Care, Crisis Intervention, and Transitional Housing. We welcome questions and requests for new and innovative kinds of services. Back in 1972, we were pioneers with residential care. Today, we wish to continue that same pioneer spirit. Please contact us via the information listed on this web page. We'd love to dialog with you about possibilities and new ways of improving the lives of folks. It's what we're all about!

Please Contact Us

If you wish to receive cares in your own home or apartment, you may want to consider our many Independent Living Supports. If you are over the age of 18 and are in need of Assisted Living for persons with disabilities or persons who are elderly but do not require care for Alzheimer's or other dementia, please see our Adult Family Homes (AFHs) & Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs) services.