What are the requirements to be a foster parent?
- Resident of Wisconsin
- 25 years or older (CCR will consider 21+ if a spouse is 25 or over)
- A very flexible schedule, including before/after school, during school breaks and summer vacation
- 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.
Read more about qualifiying.
How is CCR different than my county foster agency?
We are a treatment foster agency with foster homes in over 35 Wisconsin counties. Anyone who meets the qualifications can be a foster parent with us no matter what county you live in. Children are referred to us by the county agency of their origin when a county foster home is unavailable to meet their needs. Treatment level children generally range in age from 5-18 years and have experienced significant trauma. Many are sibling pairs or groups.
These are specific ways Community Care Resources is different than most county agencies.
- 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 *our employment requirement
- TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE TRAINING *continues throughout your fostering journey
- MEET THE KIDS prior to accepting a placement *No emergency placements
- LOW EMPLOYEE TURNOVER. *Case Managers average length of employment is 15 years!
- PAID RESPITE! *2 days every month, and a PAID vacation annually
- 24-HOUR HOTLINE *with our own Clinical Case Managers answering your calls
- CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST AND THERAPISTS ON STAFF
Read more on Support Services or visit our FAQ page
What is Treatment Foster Care?
Treatment Foster Care provides a healing environment for children with complex needs who have experienced significant trauma. Our foster parents provide consistency and structure for sibling groups, elementary ages 5-12, and teenagers Children are placed in a home based on behaviors, emotional trauma, and/or medical needs and the experience level and interests of the foster family. Children are referred to Community Care Resources by Wisconsin county agencies when a county home is unavailable. Foster parents can live in ANY Wisconsin county and be a foster parent with us.
Do you qualify? Read more
For more information on parenting a child with significant trauma, read more here
What is the process to become a foster parent?
Becoming a foster parent with Community Care Resources typically takes 3-5 months. An initial phone conversation will allow us to confirm basic qualifications can be met, explore the details of fostering kids in treatment level care and answer all of your questions. Paperwork, background check, fingerprinting, home visits and 36 hours of training are all required steps towards getting a foster care license.
Read more about the process here
After reading our FAQ’s, we are happy to explain more to you over the phone. We also schedule evening and weekend phone appointments. Call us 1-800-799-0450
Does it matter what county I live in?
You can live in any county in Wisconsin and be a foster parent with us. We are a statewide, private agency, able to license and place children in your home. We have foster homes in more than 35 Wisconsin counties. We provide in-home support to all of our foster parents on a weekly basis!
The steps to getting licensed.
Can foster parents work full time?
Yes, foster parents can work full time, however, you must have flexibility in your schedule, be available before and after school, and have a plan in place for school breaks, summer break, and unplanned truancy or illness. Having an adult available at all times is very important.
If you don’t have the flexibility required to be a full-time foster parent, please 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!
Can I be a single foster parent?
Singles with a support system are encouraged to consider fostering. However, we require all of our foster parents to have a flexible schedule to meet the higher level needs of our children. This means having a designated back-up person for before and after school, unplanned illness and/or truancy as well as holiday breaks and summer vacation. We have many successful, single foster parents but they all have very flexible schedules and a solid support system.
Read our blog on being a single foster parent here.
Can I adopt through foster care?
Yes, you can adopt from foster care. Many of our foster parents have adopted their kids and built beautiful families over the years. Most often, the goal is to return foster children to their biological family. In the event that parental rights are terminated, a child or sibling group may become available for adoption. We have had numerous adoptions at CCR with most children being over the age of 3 and part of a sibling pair or group. For more information about adoption, visit AdoptUSKids.
Who are treatment level kids?
Treatment level foster children range in age from infant to 21, with 85% being over the age of 6. They have suffered emotional stress due to significant trauma and exhibit behaviors and emotions which require additional supervision and care by foster parents. 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 patience, consistency, and a flexible schedule. For more information on how children are scored at the treatment level learn more here.
- If you are interested in fostering babies and children between the ages of 0-5 years you may wait for some time before a child is placed in your home. We typically see this age group only when part of a sibling pair or group.
How long do foster kids stay?
The average time most children spend in foster care with us is 18-24 months. Sometimes longer. A child may stay in foster care until he or she is adopted. 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 foster home a child will be placed in!
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 in Wisconsin is based on a child’s age and can be roughly $400-$475 per month. In addition, an exceptional rate is provided at the treatment level based on the child’s 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. Contact us today!
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.
Are same sex foster parents welcome?
Yes, we welcome all from the LGBTQ community to explore fostering with us. Finding an agency whose practices are genuinely affirming and whose staff members will fit with your family’s needs is very important to have a positive fostering experience. We have licensed many foster parents from the LGBTQ community over our 30 years, many of whom have adopted their foster children. We also have LGBTQ youth in care that requires foster parents who are compassionate and understanding of their specific needs.
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.