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Step 1 - Meet the Requirements to Be a Treatment Foster Parent in Wisconsin

Want to foster? Start here.

See if you meet the requirements to be a foster parent in Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton and throughout Wisconsin.Treatment foster care agencies place children throughout Wisconsin with histories of neglect, abuse, and significant loss in stable, safe homes with professional parents. Foster parents make it possible for these children to heal from their traumatic pasts and lead healthier, happier lives.

Call CCR to speak with a Licensing Representative to determine if you qualify to provide treatment foster care.

We’ll answer any questions you have and discuss your motivation to foster, home dynamics, compensation, CCR support and resources, and the application process. This introductory call will only take 10-20 minutes. After our call, an informational brochure about CCR will be mailed to you.

Requirements to Become a Foster Parent
If you’re interested in being a treatment foster parent with CCR, you’ll need to meet certain minimum requirements set by the state of Wisconsin. For example, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have adequate income to care for a child
  • Own or rent your own home or apartment
  • Complete state-required training
  • Pass criminal background checks

CCR treatment foster homes have some additional requirements:

  • Be at least 25 years old
  • Have a spare bedroom and sufficient living space for a foster child
  • Be able to provide parental supervision for children at all times
  • Complete additional CCR Pre-Placement Training*

Would I Make a Good Foster Parent?
Many aspiring foster parents ask themselves this question—so often, in fact, we have featured this question on our FAQ page.

Here are just a few of the traits that make for successful foster parents:

  • Stable, patient and even temperament
  • Maturity and sense of perspective that mistakes don’t mean failures
  • A desire to learn about professional parenting, a child’s trauma, and how to help provide trauma-informed parenting
  • Willingness to reach out for help and accept feedback
  • Compassionate, patient, and understanding nature
  • Time and energy to care for a  child in need
  • Sufficient physical space in a safe supportive environment
  • Financial stability
  • Love of children and youth and a desire to make a difference in their lives

If you have an interest in fostering with CCR we encourage you to get involved, whether that means you go on to be a licensed foster parent or you help care for children as a certified respite provider. There are countless children who would benefit from your care and support. 

Ready to get started? Move on to Step 2 of our 3 Steps to Fostering series. If you have questions about qualifying, or the requirements for becoming a CCR foster parent, please contact us today.

*Note: Although our pre-placement training occurs at our office in Middleton, ongoing training caters to foster parents living in every corner of Wisconsin. Whether you live in Madison, Milwaukee, or Appleton, or a small town of ten, we’ll help you find a way to keep up with training requirements.


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