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Qualify to be a Foster Parent in Wisconsin

What are the foster parent requirements in Wisconsin?

CCR foster parents are unique. They are selfless, caring individuals from counties across Wisconsin willing to give of themselves to benefit young children, older youth, and siblings. We rely on foster parents who envision a better life for kids and are determined to help change the trajectory of children's lives. Kids from counties across the state are referred to us daily. We have all heard that it takes a village to raise a child, and we desperately need our village to grow. Kids are depending on us to find more foster parents. 

There is a place for everyone who wants to help Wisconsin kids. While most kids have trauma histories that require more support from a foster family, we encourage anyone from any of the 60 Wisconsin county locations we serve to apply to be a foster parentIf you meet the basic qualifications below, we would love to hear from you and get started with the application process

CCR Wisconsin foster care qualifications for new foster parents

  • Resident of Wisconsin
  • 25 years or older 
  • Flexible schedule to meet the higher needs of foster children 
  • Financial stability (be free from any housing assistance or food stamps)
  • A favorable background check
  • Available bedroom space for foster children 
  • Healthy, stable relationships and a support system of people you can count on
  • Willingness to learn about childhood trauma and use trauma-informed parenting skills
  • Valid driver's license and auto insurance
  • Willing and able to work with the children's biological family

Foster parents are required to have a flexible schedule.

We have helped thousands of kids, siblings, and teens since 1989, and we know kids who have suffered neglect and abuse heal best when a parent is present. Being available when kids need you most is essential. Please consider who will supervise foster children when they are not in school, during summer vacation, holiday breaks, and sick days.  

To meet the needs of kids with higher emotions and behaviors, flexibility is required Monday-Friday between 8 am - 5 pm for a variety of appointments, including: 

  • Biological family visits
  • Therapy/Support services
  • Weekly in-home case manager support visits
  • Medical appointments
  • School appointments

Can I work full-time and be a foster parent? 

Yes, many of our foster parents work full-time. In many cases, both spouses or partners are working, but flexible or alternating schedules allow them to meet their kids' needs. Let's talk about your schedule.

Wisconsin Foster ParentsVisit our Frequently Asked Questions page for dozens of answers about being a foster parent with us. 

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