Choose an agency that will provide excellent communication and responsiveness. The frustrations we hear most from foster parents wanting to transfer from their county or other private agency are lack of communication and limited support services. Please do your homework and ask lots of questions. There is an answer to every question you may have. An agency should be transparent with you.
Here are some important questions to ask: How will the agency prepare me to foster? What support will I receive? How often will a case manager visit my home? What is the agency employee turnover rate? Is there an emergency hotline?
The video to the right explains many of the important differences between CCR and other agencies.
When a county agency is unable to place a child or sibling group they contact a private agency like CCR. Kids typically will have trauma histories resulting in heightened emotional and behavioral challenges. Youth are able to receive all the services and therapy they need to get on a path to healing. In addition, sibling groups are able to be placed together.
The biggest difference is SUPPORT. Support for both kids and foster parents. For more details about the differences read our blog 5 Facts About Wisconsin Foster Care
Yes and no. There are a small number of CCR foster parents that work full-time. CCR requires a parent at home before & after school, during school breaks, and on summer vacation.
Please read our blog Can Foster Parents Work Full-time?
Treatment foster care simply means that foster kids are getting the support, services, and treatment they need to heal from trauma. Approximately 20% of kids in Wisconsin foster care are placed in a treatment-level home.
Kids ages 0-18 are referred to a treatment agency for a variety of reasons; to keep sibling groups together, to allow for therapy services a county agency is unable to provide, to place kids in a home with trauma-informed parenting skills, to keep older youth in a family environment instead of a group home.
Many, many Wisconsin kids would thrive if placed in a treatment-level home. Sadly, not all kids are given the opportunity.
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. Many of our foster families have bunk bed arrangements that work nicely and many kids share rooms.Read our blog Can foster kids share a bedroom
The majority of our kids are over age 5 and we rarely place babies. If younger kids interest you, we require an age range of 12 & under.
This uplifing video explains the #1 qualification required of single foster parents.
Can I be a Single Foster Parent?
Many of our foster parents have adopted their foster kids!
However, keep in mind that foster care is temporary and not a gateway to adoption. Most children are reunited with their biological families. Also, less than 20% of foster kids in Wisconsin are adopted by their foster parents. If you are specifically interested in adopting we suggest contacting an adoption agency. For more information about adoption, visit AdoptUSKids.
Transferring is easy! We simply need your signature so we can contact your current agency and request your existing file. After a review of your license, home study, and placement history, we can begin the transfer.
It typically takes 4-5 months to complete the CCR licensing process.
Read our blog Getting a Foster Care License
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, 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. Oftentimes, foster parents and biological families keep in touch after a child has returned home and have lifetime relationships.
A background check and fingerprints are required steps to become a foster parent. Traffic violations, parking tickets, most misdemeanors, and many felonies will not prevent you from obtaining a foster license.
If you have a criminal history, don't give up just yet, even if you have been convicted of a felony you may qualify to be a foster parent. Not all felonies will ban you from fostering. Each situation is different and we are happy to discuss your concerns and/or history with you in confidence.
Fostering a relative is called Kinship care. CCR does not license homes for kinship. If you are interested in caring for a relative, please contact your local county agency. In addition, if you wish to foster a specific child your county agency will be able to help you.
Yes and no. if you are working full-time, a flexible schedule is required and a parent must be home before/after school and on summer break to meet the needs of the children. In addition, there are frequent appointments, typically 2-3 each week, scheduled during business hours.
The state of Wisconsin will pay for your foster child's licensed daycare dependent on the number of hours you work each week. However, not all CCR foster kids are appropriate to attend daycare.
Your Clinical Case Manager will visit your home once per week. (Most 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.
CCR foster parents are presented with information about a child or sibling group. If it is determined to be a good fit, a preplacement visit will be scheduled. Foster parents decide after the preplacement if they wish to welcome the child(ren) into their home as a permanent placement, typically 12-24 months.
Accepting or declining a placement is always the decision of the foster parent.
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. However, 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. Keep in mind, children in foster care often have a higher frequency of appointments based on their needs.
Foster children placed in your home will attend your local public school district. If you wish for them to attend a private school, or the district in which you are employed, we are happy to discuss details with you.
No! Teens in foster care really get a bad rap. We have many foster parents caring for teens. Most believe it is often much easier than caring for younger kids with trauma.
Many teens need foster parents to help them with Independent Living Skills (ILS) Cooking, shopping, laundry, applications, driver training, money management, schedules, higher education opportunities... Caring for a foster teen is oftentimes more like mentoring or coaching as opposed to parenting.
Most teens in foster care require therapy services to work through their childhood trauma and struggles. All teens in foster care need an adult or two they can trust.
Providing structure and stability for a teen is the most important thing. Creating schedules, rules, and routines is important. Extracurricular activities and exposure to new things are also great for teens.
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.
In the state of Wisconsin, there are limits on the number of children allowed in one home. The numbers are based on levels of care. These numbers include both foster and biological children in the home.
Level 2 - 8 children Level 3 - 6 children Level 4 - 4 children
The state will give an exception to licensed homes in regards to siblings. For example; A home is licensed as a Level 3, there are 4 biological kids in the home and we want to place a sibling group of 3 in the home. Thus allowing 7 children in a Level 3 home with an exception granted by the state.