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The biggest difference between county foster care and private foster care is SUPPORT. Support for both kids and foster parents. CCR is one of the largest foster agencies in Wisconsin. We are statewide and our foster parents can live in any county and foster with us. Kids are referred to us when a county home is unavailable for a child or when a county is unable to place siblings together. All of our kids have a treatment plan in place designed to help them heal from trauma. Most youth in care receive therapy services to address their trauma histories. Our attentiveness and availability to each of our foster families set us apart from other agencies. We provide weekly in-home support visits (not monthly) and we respond immediately when you need us, 24/7. We promise. Our staff loves their work and we have an impressive average length of employment of 16 years! Low employee turnover means foster parents can depend on our professional staff for support. In addition, foster children can develop working relationships with staff without the risk of abandonment. For more details about the difference between a county foster agency and CCR, please read our blog 5 Facts About Wisconsin Foster Care
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. Kids must have at least 40 square feet of space each. Many of our foster families have bunk bed arrangements that work nicely and many kids share rooms.
Yes, you can adopt from foster care. Many of our foster parents have adopted their foster kids!
Keep in mind that foster care is temporary and most kids will be reuinted with their biological families. Also, less than 15% 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.
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. 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, 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.
Yes, 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.
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.
This is called Kinship care. A relative such as a grandparent, sibling, cousin, aunt, uncle, among others caring for relatives in foster care. CCR does NOT license homes for kinship. If you are interested in caring for a relative, please call your local county agency
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. 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.
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.