THE NEED FOR MORE FOSTER HOMES IS GREATER THAN EVER. OUR OFFICE IS OPEN.
Treatment Foster Care provides a healing environment for children who have experienced significant trauma due to abuse and/or neglect. Many foster kids need support services and the majority do not receive any. Kids at CCR thrive and heal because of an amazing support system. Children are referred to treatment care when a county home is unavailable to meet the needs of a child or when a county home is unavailable to keep sibling groups together. Kids ages 0-18 and sibling groups are referred to CCR every day from county foster agencies across Wisconsin. Foster parents are part of the healing process along with a hands on caseworker that visits the foster family and children on a weekly basis. Foster parents can live in any county and foster with CCR.
There are 5 easy steps to become a foster parent. The process is not difficult, it just takes a few months. We promise to hold your hand through it all and make sure you are comfortable and understand all the pieces 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.
Most of the kids we place are school-age, over age 5. If toddlers are referred to us, they are usually part of a sibling group. We rarely place babies. Ages do vary and we never know from day to day what ages will be referred to us from county agencies. 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. Here at CCR, nearly 85% of our foster children are over the age of 5. Last year approximately 13% of our foster children were adopted and found their forever home! We recommend you contact an adoption agency if your wish is to adopt a baby.
All Wisconsin foster children are issued a Medical Assistance card at the time of placement. Foster parents are not responsible for any medical expenses, dental costs, optical expenses or prescription drugs.
Yes! Kids can share. Each foster child must be provided with his or her own bed. Siblings of opposite gender may share a bedroom if under 11 years old. Unrelated foster children 6 years old or older may not 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.
Foster parents are part of a team. Transporting your foster child(ren) to and from visits with their biological parents is part of the "teamwork". The goal is often to return the child home, so it is important that foster parents participate in the reunification process. Often times, foster parents and biological families keep in touch after a child has returned home.
A background check and fingerprinting are required steps to become a foster parent. 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 history with you. Often times, classes or rehabilitation are required depending on the offense. Minor traffic violations and parking tickets will not prevent you from obtaining a foster license. Our suggestion is to be honest with us up front during the initial phone call if you have any concerns at all.
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 with your own financial means.
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 as this is typically handled by the local county child placing agency.
Your caseworker will visit your foster home EVERY week for approximately 45-50 minutes per child in the home. On that same day, she will visit the foster children at school, when school is in session or in the home when school is on break. Scheduled visits and communication aid in the healing of the children and provides critical weekly support for our foster parents.
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, therapy, school activities, 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 that is an option we are happy to discuss with you. Home schooling is also an option.