THE NEED FOR MORE FOSTER HOMES IS GREATER THAN EVER. OUR OFFICE IS OPEN.
Wisconsin foster parents can choose to work with their county or a private foster agency. CCR foster parents can live in any county and all new foster parents are licensed at Level 2, basic foster care. just like county agencies. Kids are referred to CCR when a county home is unavailable to meet their needs or when a county is unable to place siblings together. Placements average 12-24 months. All CCR foster parents receive weekly in-home visits. (County visits are monthly) In addition, a 24/7 call line is available with immediate response times by our Case Managers, all required to have a Master's degree in Social Work. CCR also offers treatment level foster care, Levels 3 and 4. With experience and additional training, some CCR foster parents choose to move to Level 3 to care for children with more trauma which develops from prolonged abuse and/or neglect. Many foster parents will continue on to care for Level 4 kids. Foster parents currently licensed with their county or another private agency may transfer their license at any time to CCR. The process takes approximately 6 weeks.For more details about the difference between a county foster agency and CCR, please read our blog 5 Facts About Wisconsin Foster Care
There are 5 easy steps to become a foster parent. The process takes 3-4 months and we will hold your hand through it all to make sure you are comfortable and understand all the steps of getting a foster care license. The first step is to call us. We promise to answer your call promptly and provide the information you're looking for. CCR does not offer generic information sessions, we believe a private conversation is the best way for you to get the information you need.
We place all ages and all sizes of sibling groups. We rarely place babies and ages vary from toddlers to teens. Being open to fostering siblings or more than one child at a time is desirable.
Having an age or gender preference is okay and encouraged. We are happy to talk with you about your preferences.
Yes, you can adopt from foster care. Many of our foster parents have adopted their foster kids!
Keep in mind that less than 20% of foster kids in Wisconsin are adopted. If you are specifically interested in adopting a baby or toddler we suggest contacting an adoption agency. For more information about adoption, visit AdoptUSKids.
It can be difficult to adopt a baby from foster care, in part because many babies are placed with a relative or are reunited with their biological family. We rarely place babies here at CCR. If adopting a newborn or baby is your desire, we recommend you contact an adoption agency.
All Wisconsin foster children are issued a Medical Assistance card at the time of placement. Foster parents are not responsible for medical expenses, dental costs, optical expenses or prescription drugs.
Yes! Kids can share, however, no foster child 6 years of age or older may share a bedroom with another child of the opposite sex. A foster child one year of age or older may not share a bedroom with an adult unless physician and agency approved. Biological children must also have their own bed in a bedroom if over 12 months old. Many of our foster families have bunk bed arrangements that work nicely and many kids share rooms.
Foster parents are part of a team. Transporting your foster child(ren) to and from visits with their biological family is part of the "teamwork". CCR foster parents do not supervise these visits, nor are they required to stay for the visit. If the goal is to return a child home, it is important that foster parents participate in the reunification process and support the biological parents. Often times, foster parents and biological families keep in touch after a child has returned home and have lifetime relationships.
A background check and fingerprinting are required steps to become a foster parent. Traffic violations, parking tickets, and most misdemeanors will not prevent you from obtaining a foster license. If you have a criminal history or have been convicted of a felony you may not qualify to be a foster parent. Each situation is different and we are happy to discuss your concerns and/or history with you in confidence.
A foster parent can be on disability as long as all needs of a child can be met and the disability does not prohibit the foster parent from caring for the child in any way. Keep in mind that part of the application process is demonstrating that you can financially support your household & pay your monthly bills consistently.
Kinship care helps support a child who is in care, either temporarily or for the long term, with a relative such as a grandparent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, among others. CCR does not place children in kinship care. If you are interested in caring for a relative, please call your local county agency
Your caseworker will visit your foster home every week for approximately 45-50 minutes per child in the home. (County foster agencies provide monthly visits) On that same day, he/she will visit the foster children either in your home or at school. Visits are designed to provide an abundance of support to both parents and kids.
Yes. In Wisconsin, no unloaded firearm or other dangerous weapons may be kept in a foster home unless stored and locked in an area not readily accessible to foster children. Ammunition materials and firearms shall be stored in separate locked areas that are not readily accessible to foster children. Trigger locks alone do not meet the above requirement but may be a supplemental safety measure. A weapon cabinet with a glass front is not considered secure, even if it can be locked.
Transportation to medical appointments, school activities, and biological family visits, etc. is the responsibility of the foster parent. Children in foster care often have a higher frequency of appointments based on their needs.
Your foster care license is good for two years. There are required training hours that must be done during those two years which allows for the renewal of the license. Our staff will assist with ongoing training and continued education opportunities.
Foster children placed in your home will attend your local public school district. If you wish for them to attend a private school, we are happy to discuss details with you.