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Treatment Foster Care FAQ

Get all of your questions answered.

The choice to foster a child is a big decision, and it may come with a long list of questions. Whatever you’re wondering, we’re here to provide the answers you need and get you on the way to foster parenting with CCR.

Get more answers to your questions frequently asked questions about treatment foster care in Wisconsin by clicking the topics below.

Getting Started

Children with emotional, medical or behavioral challenges are referred by county agencies to CCR.  We specialize in helping them find a stable and safe home where they receive help from their foster parents and a team of specialists led by their Clinical Case Manager (CCM). The children we place range in age from birth to 21 years old.

Much like treatment foster care, county foster care helps children find a home safe from neglect or abuse. However, parents who choose county foster care work directly with the Department of Human Services, while treatment foster care parents work with private agencies, such as CCR.  CCR provides services for higher needs children, so our foster parents are provided additional training and mental health resources. 

  • Some general requirements to become a foster parent in Wisconsin are:
    • Be at least 21 years old
    • Have sufficient income to care for yourself and a child
    • Own or rent your own home or apartment
    • Have a designated bedroom for a foster child
    • Complete state-required training
    • Pass criminal background checks
  • CCR treatment foster homes have additional requirements:
    • Be at least 25 years old
    • Parental supervision for youth at all times
    • Complete additional CCR Pre-Placement  Training

Learn more about qualifying to become a treatment foster parent in Wisconsin.

Once you decide that you’re ready to foster, give us a call. We’ll discuss important points such as your home environment, compensation, and future support from a Clinical Case Manager (CCM). The goal of this introductory call is to give you a general sense of fostering requirements and answer any questions that you may have. 

What to Expect

As a treatment foster parent, you will have an opportunity to help your foster child work through trauma. You can help just by being yourself, learning as much as you can about Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and providing your foster child with a safe, supervised, stable, and supportive home environment. There are other State and Agency requirements for becoming a foster parent, but the most important ones are those that you naturally possess.

While there is no “typical foster child,” many children involved in treatment foster care come from backgrounds with emotional and physical abuse, neglect, and/or significant loss. Because of their past experiences, many of these children struggle with emotional and behavioral issues. The good news is that these behaviors tend to be a way of the youth’s natural mechanism for coping with past trauma and with everyone’s support, these behaviors can be changed to become more healthy.

  • People who choose to foster a child are supported by a network of professionals who help with the emotional, social, and financial impacts of foster parenting. The team at CCR is available 24/7, and your fellow foster parents will quickly become your friends. Call on them for advice and help with respite.
  • Foster parents are financially compensated for their foster child’s living expenses which includes the costs of food, clothing, and shelter. 
  • In addition, foster youth in Wisconsin receive psychotherapy and medical services through Medical Assistance.

You’ll have access to a variety of training classes for foster parents and a host of resources, and don’t forget that your Clinical Case Manager (CCM) and fellow foster parents are great human resources to lean on. For more information on training and resources, visit our Foster Parent Training & Support page. 

  • During the licensing process you will discuss the age(s), gender, and/or type of youth that you believe you will be most successful in assisting.
  • Before a child is placed in your home, you’ll learn about them and consult with your Clinical Case Manager (CCM).  You will also have a pre-placement visit(s) with the child before you have to make a final decision.

 This varies from child to child, but placements usually last between six to eighteen months.

Training

Pre-Placement Training:  You will complete the six hour online Wisconsin Child Welfare Foster Parent Pre-Placement Training and CCR’s thirty hour Pre-Placement Training in order to qualify for licensing. Both will prepare you for your role as a CCR foster parent, while teaching you to care for treatment foster children.

Trauma-Informed Foundational Training:  During your initial licensing period (your first 2 years) you will participate in 30 hours of trauma specific training to further educate you regarding children with a trauma history.

Annual ongoing training: After your first 2 years, you’ll be required to log 24 hours of training per year. You can accomplish this in several ways, such as participating in CCR-sponsored trainings, professional consultations or live webinars.

Pre-Placement Training: Pre-Placement Training is completed both online and at our office in Middleton.  Hotel accommodations can be requested. 

Annual ongoing training:  Can be completed by CCR sponsored trainings, professional consultations or live webinars.  We will do everything we can to plan a training that’s close to you.

  • Because our foster parents live in every corner of Wisconsin, we bring the training to you. Although we’re a statewide agency, we offer regionalized training opportunities from Racine and Appleton to Wausau and Eau Claire.
  • Training locations change from year to year so everyone gets a fair chance at training that is close to home, whether they live in a big city like Madison or Milwaukee, or the smallest town in Wisconsin.

Licensing

Depending on how quickly your application paperwork is completed and processed, and how soon you can complete your training, you can be licensed within 2-4 months.

We can assure you that the licensing process is not difficult, but it does involve an investment of your time. However, we’re experienced in helping new foster parents through this process—and we’ll do whatever it takes to help make your licensing process smooth and simple.  

Respite

Respite care is a resource for foster parents during which licensed or certified caregivers provide short-term child care for foster parents. When you need a break, respite workers can offer relief. Our foster parents are provided with respite each month per child. 

You can reach out to your Clinical Case Manager (CCM) for help identifying respite providers.  Respite providers can be your fellow foster parents, our certified respite providers, or even foster parents from other counties.

Biological Families

Many of our foster parents have children of their own. If you are worried about the safety or well-being of your children, rest assured that this is considered when we place a foster child in your home. 

It is likely that you will collaborate with your foster child’s biological parents.  They are a valuable part of the team and will help make decisions for your foster child, including those related to health care. Your foster child may also have regular visits with their biological parents. Biological parents are a critical part of the support team you will work with in caring for your foster child.

General Help

You’ll collaborate with many individuals when it comes to your foster child’s care. Expect to meet with biological parents, school staff, county social workers, doctors, mental health professionals and your dedicated CCR Clinical Case Manager (CCM). You can also lean on your fellow foster parents. They will be experiencing many of the same things that you are, and will have a list of strategies to try.  Foster parents tend to feel a considerable amount of camaraderie and share knowledge willingly.

If you have interest in foster parenting, we want to encourage you to explore it further. There are thousands of children who need help from someone like you. Here are a few of the traits that make for successful, happy foster parents: 

  • Respectful and accepting of differences
  • Stable, even temperament
  • Sense of perspective that mistakes are not necessarily failures
  • Willingness to learn and reach out for help
  • Compassionate, patient nature, and a love of children
  • Interest in learning about a child’s trauma and how to provide trauma-informed  parenting
  • Sufficient time and energy to care for a child with unique needs
  • Adequate physical space in a safe environment
  • Financial stability

If you don’t feel ready to become a foster parent but you want to help, consider becoming a certified respite provider. You’ll be able to help children and the foster parents who care for them. Interested? Contact us for more information.

Thanks to our comprehensive training and support, you’ll learn how to help your foster child overcome behavioral and emotional problems. Foster parents are taught to take blame out of the equation, create a sense of emotional safety in the home, while helping them learn to manage these feelings and behaviors. 

As a foster parent with CCR, you’ll never be alone in caring for your foster child. Call us any time, day or night for help with big questions, small concerns, and everything in between. You’ll be provided with a list of after-hours contacts and access to our reliable emergency on-call system.  You can also reach out to your fellow foster parents, team members, and your foster child’s biological parents. 

Contact Us

Do you have more questions about treatment foster care? Get answers by contacting us today or using the form below. Don’t be shy—it’s our job to answer your questions so you that you can feel comfortable and ready to foster a child who needs you. 

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