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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. All CCR foster parents receive weekly in-home visits. (County visits are monthly) We also are available to our parents 24/7. Promised! 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 or 4 to care for children with more trauma which develops from prolonged abuse and/or neglect. Foster parents currently licensed with their county or another private agency may transfer their license at any time to CCR. The process takes approximately 6-8 weeks.

For more details about the difference between a county foster agency and CCR, please read our blog 5 Facts About Wisconsin Foster Care
It typically takes 3-4 months to complete the foster care licensing process. Much of the timing depends on how quickly paperwork is completed and returned to us. New foster parent training takes place 8 times per year, so the process can be started whenever you are ready to begin. Just give us a call. Read our blog Getting a Foster Care License
Qualifying is easier than you might think. The most important requirement is having a flexible schedule. Foster kids often have weekly appointments and unplanned interruptions will most likely occur. Yes, you can work full-time or be single but some flexibility is required. Particularly around school breaks and summer vacation. For a full list of qualifiers, visit how to qualify to be a foster parent. Read our blog: Can foster parents work full-time?

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. CCR does not offer generic information sessions, we believe a private conversation is the best way for you to get the information you need.

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Yes! We need loving homes in ALL Wisconsin counties. Our foster parents can live in ANY county and be a licensed foster home with us. We currently have foster homes in 35 Wisconsin counties yet sadly, we cannot place all of the children due to a lack of foster homes. See the Wisconsin Counties we serve.
Yes, foster parents can work full time, however, you must have flexibility in your schedule to be available for your weekly in-home visit, appointments, and before and after school and during school breaks. Please read our blog Can Foster Parents Work Full-time?
Absolutely, you can be a single foster parent! Singles with a great support system are highly encouraged to foster. Keep in mind, having a flexible schedule is required to meet the needs of the children. Being available before and after school and during school breaks is required. (daycare is available for younger children) Read our blog: Can I be a Single Foster Parent?
Yes! Community Care Resources welcomes all from the LGBT community to explore fostering with us. We have licensed many LGBT foster parents in Wisconsin over our 30 years, many of whom have adopted their foster children. We also have LGBTQ youth in foster care who require foster parents that are compassionate and understanding of their specific needs. We want you to feel comfortable calling us to discuss your interest in fostering. This fact sheet provided by ChildWelfare.gov is designed to answer some of the initial questions LGBT prospective foster parents or adoptive parents may have in hopes of helping to better inform them during this first stage of the journey.
There is NO cost to become a foster parent in Wisconsin.

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.

The average time most children spend in a CCR foster home is 12-24 months. A child may stay in foster care until he or she is adopted, is reunited with family or ages out of the system. Because Community Care Resources does not offer emergency or short term foster placements, we ask all new foster parents for a two-year commitment. We hope that your home will be the last or only foster home a child will be placed in!

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.

Yes. Most foster parents have an age preference when it comes to the kids they wish to help. The majority of our kids are over age 3. Most foster parents have a preferred age range. Some say under age 10, others prefer teens, some may only wish to foster boys or girls only... the choice is yours. It is okay to have a preference or to be wide open and help any child who needs a loving family.

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.

Transferring is easy! We simply need your signature so we can contact your current agency and request your existing file. After review of your license, home study, and placement history, we can begin the transfer. Most parts of your license will transfer which makes the process quick and easy. We transfer in many foster parents and the reasons are always the same: Lack of support and communication. Transferring your license will take approximately 6-8 weeks.
No, there is not an income requirement, however, you must be able to provide for your current household with your own income, however big or small that is. In other words, if you can consistently pay your bills every month then it does not matter at all what your income is.
Foster parents receive a foster care stipend designed to cover costs associated with the care of a child. The Uniform Foster Care Rate in Wisconsin is based on a child’s age. In addition, an exceptional rate is provided for kids who require more care or supervision. Read our blog How Much Are Foster Parents Paid

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.

No. Many foster parents live in apartments or small homes. The size of your home does not matter as long as you have an available bedroom or bed for a foster child and their belongings. Yes, kids can share bedrooms. Home ownership is not a foster care requirement. Many wonderful foster parents rent a home or apartment.

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

Yes and no. Fostering a specific child is typically handled through a county agency. It may be a child of a friend or neighbor or a child from your local school. There are some situations when CCR can license for a specific child. Please contact us to discuss.

Your caseworker will visit your 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.

Yes. Wisconsin provides some protection when the foster parent’s own homeowners' insurance policies do not. This is called the Foster Homes Liability Insurance Program. The state fund covers some property damage and personal injury caused by the foster child.

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.

In addition to weekly in-home visits and a 24/7 call line, our staff offers a plethora of resources to help you successfully care for your foster children. Check out these resources too. The Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center in Wisconsin A Campaign to Ensure Bright Futures The Annie E. Casey Foundation The Foster Care Closet in Kenosha Lakeshore Foster Families & Friends in Manitowoc
Yes. CCR receives approximately 40 referrals each month from counties across Wisconsin. If we feel that your home would be a nice match for a child or sibling group referred to us, we will call you to discuss. If it is determined that your home would meet the needs of the child(ren) and you are interested in pursuing the placement, a pre-placement visit will be arranged. The child(ren) will spend an overnight with you to "try it". If you believe that you can provide a healing environment then you agree to the placement. If you feel it is not the right fit for you and your family, then you may turn down the placement. It is okay! We want placements to be successful. We will never try to talk you into something or place children in your home that would not be in the best interest of all involved.
Yes, yes, yes! The greatest need for foster care is homes for teens. Our teen homes help either girls or boys, depending on foster parents' interests and space available. It is advised that teen boys have their own bedrooms, while two teen girls can share a room if need be. Each home is supported by a Clinical Case Manager and a Therapist, together they visit the foster home on a weekly basis providing support services and therapy. Both individual, group, and family therapy are provided. With services from our sister organization Community Care Programs - a Mental Health Clinic for kids and adolescents, we have had enormous success with teens in care. The key is SUPPORT and working with a highly experienced team. We offer both and hope that you might consider contacting us for more details about fostering teens.
Absolutely. Most often, pets are a great addition to a foster family. Your pets will need to be up to date on vaccines and temperament of a pet will be discussed if there is a concern. Exotic pets will require an exception from the state, meaning paperwork.
Yes. The state of Wisconsin will pay for your foster child's licensed daycare dependent on the number of hours you work each week. Keep in mind that if you are working full-time, we require a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the children and attend frequent appointments scheduled during business hours.
Here are some important questions to ask: How will you prepare me to foster? What support will I receive? How often will a worker visit my home? What is the agency employee turnover rate? Is there an emergency hotline? Is the staff available after business hours? How long do foster parents stay? Excellent communication and responsiveness with an agency will be a significant factor in your success as a foster parent. The 2 complaints we hear most from licensed foster parents interested in transferring with counties or other private agencies are: Lack of communication and no support services for the kids or foster parents.
Yes. We encourage you to include your foster children when traveling. Traveling out of state for more than 48 hours simply requires discussion with your Case Manager and travel forms be completed. International travel is also allowed.

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