Attending foster care training is required and critical to gaining the tools necessary to be a Wisconsin foster parent and care for foster children with significant trauma. Classes are designed to be informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. Attendees come from diverse backgrounds and share with fellow prospective foster parents, participate in group activities, and meet staff members that will be an integral part of their fostering journey. Each prospective foster parent contributes to the class by bringing their unique, individual experiences to the training. If you want to become a foster parent in Wisconsin you will be required to meet a list of foster care qualifications, complete 6 hours of online training and attend 30 hours of classroom foster care training.
Foster care training allows for an open, honest learning environment
Community Care Resources offers new foster parent training opportunities 5 times per year. Training is held in our Middleton, Wisconsin home office and many attendees enjoy a two-night stay in a local hotel, compliments of CCR. The curriculum allows for each prospective foster parent to participate at a level they are comfortable with. Sharing is encouraged, questions are welcome and participation almost always increases as training continues, creating an open, honest learning environment for everyone. Because each class represents a diverse group, attendees quickly realize that learning from the experiences of others is just as important as learning from the class presenters.
A typical training consists of 10-16 people representing approximately 7-10 households. The most recent training at Community Care Resources consisted of 7 very different families from 7 different Wisconsin counties. The counties represented in our May training were:
- Richland County
- Juneau County
- Rock County
- Columbia County
- Dodge County
"Everyone should consider becoming a foster parent. I wasn't sure at first if I would have what it takes. After speaking with Jane, she made me so comfortable and answered my questions, I realized I don't have to be perfect or a certain kind of woman. I have love to give!"
Many cultures, lifestyles, family make-up, and experiences are represented in training. Many prospective foster parents are married couples and some are getting licensed as a single foster parent. The majority of classes include and welcome LGBT foster parents and often retired foster parents who have decided to give fostering another go. It is through this diversity that classroom engagement exists. If foster care requirements are met and relationships are healthy and stable CCR welcomes all adults over 25 years old to apply and begin the process to be a foster parent.
Like all past training, the diversity of the prospective foster parents were encouraging and exciting. Diversity among the group means that a diverse group of foster kids can be served.
- 2 families grew up in a household where foster babies were cared for.
- A retired college professor
- 7 families from 7 different Wisconsin counties.
- 2 attendees were adopted from foster care as children.
- One couple fostered with Community Care Resources in the past.
- One bi-racial family
- A single mom, fluent in several languages.
- A 30-year-old working in the mental health field.
- Two families of color.
- A young couple with a 3-year-old.
"I grew up in foster care and was adopted. I feel like I know what they might be going through or at least I know how I felt when I was in their shoes."
The diversity of the group was amazing but expected. Most classes have similar characteristics and family structures thus creating great dialog and participation among each prospective foster parent. If you are exploring how to be a foster parent, please know that one size does not fit all. No matter your background, race, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, culture, etc., CCR would love to speak with you about treatment level foster care and what it might look like for you and your family. We welcome everyone to explore our foster care frequently asked questions page and find answers to most of the questions you are looking for. We then welcome your phone call or email to inquire further and get more of the details on fostering children with significant trauma.
Please call us at 800-799-0450