What is Foster Care?
Foster care provides a temporary, safe and nurturing home for children who are not able to live at home because of unsafe parenting or home environments. The goal is to reunite children with their family. During a child’s stay in foster care, they regularly visit with their biological family. Sometimes, the State of Wisconsin determines that children cannot return home, and the foster family may be given the opportunity to adopt.
What are the types of Foster Care?
There are multiple levels of care in the Wisconsin foster care system. Each level represents the amount of care a child will require in their temporary home. Level 1 is for child-specific licenses, often involving relatives caring for children. Level 2 is referred to as basic foster care.
Treatment foster care involves level 3, moderate treatment and level 4, specialized treatment foster care. These youth often have some type of emotional and/or behavioral challenges as a result of trauma or abuse which could include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alcohol and Drug Disorders, Delinquency, Attention Deficit Disorder and Conduct & Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Therapeutic services play a large role in healing and development for these youth. CCR foster parents meet Level 3 and 4 training requirements allowing CCR to provide trauma informed care.
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 upon a respite care provider. We also have respite homes that provide crisis care in the event that the behavior of a child in your care is impacting other members of the family, and everyone needs a break. CCR provides 2 days per month per child paid respite care AND 6 vacation days per year per household.
Specialized Group Care (SGC), is a three to 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. Read More
Sexual Abuse Treatment/Offender Program (S.T.O.P.) is a juvenile sexual offender program that provides youth with effective specialized treatment including individualized outpatient treatment and group and family therapy. Read More
Who are the foster children?
Most children have been victims of repeated abuse and prolonged neglect and have not experienced a nurturing, stable environment. Ranging in age from newborn to 21, they often have physical, developmental and mental health challenges and have suffered significant emotional stress. Many have attachment disorders which create an inability to trust, love or be loved. Youth served by CCR receive ongoing monitoring by a multidisciplinary team skilled in working with traumatized youth.
What are the basic requirements of a foster parent?
- Resident of Wisconsin
- 25 years or older (CCR will consider 21+ if spouse is 25 or over)
- Sufficient income for the needs of your current family
- Bed and adequate space and storage for personal belongings
- Complete required 36-hour orientation training and paperwork
- References, health information and fingerprinting
- Background check including release of convictions, restraining orders, domestic violence and any records held with the Department of Human Services.
How long can I expect foster youth to live with me?
The average time spent in a CCR licensed foster home is about 2 years. Most children placed with our agency have been in care in another foster home certified for levels 1 or 2. Typically, it is determined that the child needs treatment level care in a foster home specifically trained to care for traumatized youth. Children can be in a home for months or years. We do not place youth in temporary or short-term foster homes.
Does a parent have to be at home?
Most often, yes. However, there are exceptions depending on the children in your care. Treatment foster care youth have a need for emotional constancy. Most youth placed with CCR are not appropriate to attend afterschool programs, summer programs or to be at home unattended for any period of time. Therefore, parents must have flexible schedules if both are working, and if single, you must have flexibility and resources available to assist you.
I am in a same sex relationship. Are my partner and I candidates for fostering?
Yes. CCR welcomes couples in stable, healthy relationships that meet licensing standards.
How are foster parents compensated?
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. As the goal is to return the child home, 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.