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Foster Care FAQs

What is Treatment Level Foster Care?

Treatment Level foster care in Wisconsin requires additional care and/or supervision of a foster child and requires foster parents to have additional training and flexibility. When a county is unable to provide care for children requiring additional services or they are unable to place a sibling group together in one home, a private agency such as CCR is contacted. We place children in licensed homes throughout Wisconsin at levels 2, 3, and 4, based on behaviors, emotional trauma, and/or medical needs. The higher the number, the higher a child’s needs. CCR provides additional and continuous training to prepare and support our foster parents to care for children at treatment level. The additional training focuses on Trauma Informed Care, which is essential to care for children who have experienced significant trauma.

Sibling pairs and groups are also considered Treatment Level. There is always a need for more foster homes to accept sibling groups.

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 choose to license with us.   Read more on Support Services

 

How is a private agency different than my county?

We are a statewide foster care agency. Our foster parents live in dozens of different counties across Wisconsin and receive local support from our professional staff. When a Wisconsin county is unable to place a treatment level child or a sibling group in a foster home they contact a private agency like CCR. With higher level children in care, support services are critical. At CCR our foster parents unanimously agree that support services are what makes us “different”. Our entire staff understands that support and communication are the priority!  Here are many reasons foster parents choose to license with us.

  • WEEKLY home visits (compared to monthly)
  • WEEKLY school visits
  • MASTERS level Clinical Case Managers (a CCR employment requirement) 
  • TRAINING of 36 hours BEFORE licensing and 24 hours of Trauma-Informed Care in the first two years
  • MEET THE KIDS prior to accepting a placement (be sure in your decision to accept a child)
  • LOW EMPLOYEE TURNOVER. Our Case Managers average a length of employment of 15 years!
  • PAID RESPITE! CCR pays your respite provider for 2 days every month, and we give all our parents a PAID vacation annually
  • 24-HOUR HOTLINE with our own Case Managers answering your calls
  • PSYCHOLOGIST and therapists on staff

  Read more on Support Services 

 

Can I be a foster parent if I work full time?

Yes, you can be a foster parent if you work full time, however, you must have flexibility in your schedule.

Couples with alternating work schedules, work at home positions, teachers, school employees, a stay at home parent…these are all good scenarios for treatment level kids because one parent has the ability to be available 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.

How long does it take to become a foster parent? What is the process?

Obtaining a foster care license with CCR usually takes 3-5 months. After an initial phone conversation and preapproval, we will visit with you in your home and begin paperwork and background checks. After approval, you will complete 30 hours of classroom training, several home visits and a LOT of paperwork. Read the requirements here.

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 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” above for more details)
  • Bedroom 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 adopt through foster care?

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, just 10% of our children are adopted.

Who are Wisconsin foster children?

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. This requires additional supervision and care by foster parents, Many children require support services such as therapist visits, PT, OT, and speech therapy. 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.

  • If you are interested in children between the ages of 0-3 you may wait for a child to be placed in your home for quite some time. We typically only 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, level of care and required services. Rates vary 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.

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