Every child in Wisconsin foster care deserves a safe home where they feel loved and supported. We need caring people like you to explore how to become a foster parent. Loving families with flexible schedules are needed in all corners of Wisconsin to care for kids ages 3-18 and siblings. Our compassionate, experienced staff is ready to guide you through the steps of getting a foster care license. You can be a licensed foster parent prepared to welcome a child or sibling group into your home in 3 months. The new foster parent process comprises five steps to prepare you to do your life's best work, helping kids from difficult places feel loved and accepted.
Whatever your desire, we are committed to helping you discover if fostering is a good choice for your family. The need is great in ALL Wisconsin counties. We would love to speak with you if you meet the basic foster parent requirements.
After reading the qualify to be a foster parent page, call or submit an inquiry below to get started. Our New Foster Parent Advisor has professional and personal foster parenting experience to help you make the best decision for your family. She will provide further details on qualifications, foster children, foster parent training, support services, etc. The call is casual, and there is no pressure to commit to fostering.
An application can be requested after the initial phone call. Upon receipt and approval of your application, we will begin background checks and fingerprint paperwork. There is no cost to become a Wisconsin foster parent. At this time, applicants begin the required online video training. The Wisconsin foster parent pre-placement training consists of seven short videos and is an excellent introduction to Wisconsin foster care.
Upon favorable background results, our licensing specialist will conduct Zoom interviews and in-person home visits. All interviews and visits are professional and confidential. Home visits are a great time to ask as many questions as you like. In addition, you will be guided through the legal requirements of preparing your home to welcome foster children.
All new foster parents complete 30-hours of classroom training. Unlike most Wisconsin agencies, CCR requires completion of the training BEFORE a license is issued. Our training goes well above state standards and requirements with emphasis on trauma-informed care. It is important that new foster parents have the necessary tools and feel confident to care for children with trauma histories.
By now, you are feeling prepared and understand what kids with trauma histories require from foster parents. In addition, you have a clear understanding of why getting a foster care license takes so long. At this time, your home study will be written, and a license will be issued. You are now ready to welcome children into your family and become part of a child's healing process!