How is CCR different than my county?
CCR is a statewide, Wisconsin treatment foster care agency that can license a foster home, place foster children, and provide local, in-home support services in ANY county in Wisconsin. Children are referred to us by the county agency of their origin when a county foster home is unavailable to meet the needs of the child(ren). Treatment level foster children generally range in age from 3-18 years and have experienced significant trauma. Many are sibling groups.
Foster parents require exceptional support to be successful in helping children heal. Support services set us apart from county agencies. The majority of kids who come to us have been in multiple county foster homes or have been separated siblings. We place siblings together, in a single home. Our foster parents are highly trained in trauma-informed care to better care for children with significant trauma. Our staff is made up of trauma specialists that provide exceptional support services to both foster parents and their foster kids on a weekly schedule. Anyone from any county may apply to become a treatment foster parent. Here are more specific ways in which a private agency like CCR is different from your county.
- WEEKLY in-home visits to support parents and kids counties generally provide monthly visits
- BI-WEEKLY school visits with kids and school staff
- MASTERS level Clinical Case Managers a CCR employment requirement
- TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE TRAINING throughout your fostering journey
- MEET THE KIDS prior to accepting a placement
- LOW EMPLOYEE TURNOVER. Case Managers average length of employment is 15 years!
- PAID RESPITE! CCR pays your respite provider 2 days every month, and all parents receive a respite PAID vacation annually
- 24-HOUR HOTLINE with our own Clinical Case Managers answering your calls
- CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST and therapists on staff
What is Treatment Foster Care?
Treatment Foster Care provides a healing environment for children with complex needs who have experienced significant trauma. Extensive support and mental health services are provided to both foster children and foster parents to promote a healing environment. Our foster parents are trained in Trauma-Informed Care, which is essential to care for foster children. Treatment level children are generally placed in a county home and are referred to Community Care Resources by county agencies due to a need for increased services. Foster parents can live in ANY Wisconsin county and become a foster parent with us. Weekly support services are local, in your home and child’s school!
With a flexible schedule, foster parents provide consistency and structure for sibling groups, elementary ages 5-12, and teens Children are placed in a home based on behaviors, emotional trauma, and/or medical needs and on the experience level and interests of the foster family.
*Sibling groups are often considered Treatment Level just because there are more than one them.
Specialized Group Care (SGC), is a three or four-bed hybrid model of foster care that incorporates Treatment and Group Home Care serving a specific population of youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues. This higher level is a specialty that some parents choose to pursue. We are always hoping for more foster homes to serve this population of teens. Read More
Respite Care gives foster parents and children the opportunity to have short breaks. An afternoon, a weekend away or a family emergency are all reasons to call a respite care provider. Choosing to be a Respite provider to Foster Parents is a great way to help.
* Amazing support services are the number one reason people from all around Wisconsin choose to license with us. Read more on Support Services
What is the process?
Becoming a foster parent with Community Care Resources typically takes 3-5 months. An initial phone conversation will allow us to get to know each other, confirm basic requirements can be met, and explore the details of becoming a treatment foster parent. Paperwork, background check, fingerprinting, home visits and 36 hours of training are also required steps towards getting a license.
For more information on how to get started and to understand the process, click here
We offer training sessions 5 times a year. Check our calendar here
Call anytime 8am-5pm. After reading our FAQ’s, we are happy to explain more to you over the phone. We also travel around the state of Wisconsin holding small information sessions. Check our calendar here to see where we will be meeting next. 1-800-799-0450
What are the basic requirements to be a treatment foster parent in WI?
- Resident of Wisconsin
- 25 years or older (CCR will consider 21+ if a spouse is 25 or over)
- Sufficient income for the needs of your current family
- Stable, healthy relationships with spouse, family, friends. People you can count on.
- A parent/adult available at all times (see “What if I work full time” below for more details)
- Bed and adequate space and storage for personal belongings
- Background check including the release of convictions, restraining orders, domestic violence and any records held by the Department of Human Services.
If you meet these basic requirements, let’s talk. Call 800-799-0450 or Contact Us
Does it matter what Wisconsin county I live in?
CCR is a statewide, Wisconsin foster care agency. It does not matter what county you live in, we can train, license and place children in your care. Our Clinical Case Managers are located throughout the state of Wisconsin and are responsible for a number of homes in a designated region. You can expect a weekly home visit from your local CCM while kids are in your care. Because your CCM is local to your county, communication is a top priority.
Can I be a foster parent if I work full time?
Yes, you can work full time, however, you must have flexibility in your schedule.
Couples with alternating work schedules or a job that offers great flexibility is ideal. Treatment level requires an adult to be available at a moments notice when needed. Every home is different, so we encourage you to call Jane 1-800-799-0450 to discuss your options.
Single foster parents need flexibility with a work schedule and must have a backup person to count on during hours you are unavailable. We recommend that your support person attend training with you and be fully on board and committed to helping you.
If you don’t have the flexibility needed to be a full-time foster parent, we encourage you to consider becoming a respite care provider. Our foster parents and the kids in care often need a break. It’s like babysitting for foster kids!
Single. Married. LGBT. Who can be a foster parent?
CCR welcomes everyone to explore the rewards of being a foster parent. All couples in stable, healthy relationships that have been together for a minimum of 3 years are encouraged to consider fostering as well as single adults with flexible schedules. If you are married, in a committed relationship, divorced, LGBT, or single, we would love to speak with you. Read our other FAQ’s to learn more.
Having flexible schedules is the most important factor.
Can I adopt through foster care?
Yes, adoptions do happen. Most often, the goal is to return foster children to their biological family. In the event that parental rights are terminated, a child(ren) may become available for adoption. We have had numerous children adopted by their foster parents, however, fostering should not be considered as a means to adopt a child as there is no guarantee of adopting a child. Historically, 11% of our children are adopted.
Who are treatment level kids?
Treatment level foster children range in age from infant to 21, they often have physical, developmental and mental health challenges and have suffered emotional stress due to trauma. This requires additional supervision and care by foster parents, Many children require additional support services. Most children have been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse and/or prolonged neglect and have not experienced a nurturing, stable environment. Fostering this population requires time, patience and consistency. All children with CCR are referred to us by their county of origin. Meaning, most kids are currently in a county foster home and notice has been given by the current foster parent to remove the child(ren).
- If you are interested in children between the ages of 0-3 you may wait for some time before a child is placed in your home. We typically see this age group when part of a sibling pair or group.
Sibling pairs and groups are very common at the treatment level. Many children are separated from siblings in county foster care. They depend on agencies like CCR to place siblings together.
How long can I expect foster children to live with me?
The average time most children spend in a CCR licensed foster home is 18-24 months. Sometimes longer. We do not place children in temporary or short-term foster homes. Thus, we ask all new foster parents for a two-year commitment.
How much are foster parents paid?
Foster parents receive a foster care stipend designed to cover all costs associated with the care of a child. The Uniform Foster Care Rate is based on a child’s age. In addition, a supplemental rate is provided based on the level of care and required services. Rates vary at treatment level and there is not a “typical” amount. Our staff works with the child’s originating county to secure the best rate possible.
Who pays for medical, dental and optical costs?
All youth are issued a Medical Assistance card at the time of placement. Foster parents are not responsible for any medical expenses or prescription drugs.
Will I have to interact with the biological family?
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.