We are excited you are exploring how to become a foster parent with us! Our staff is ready to help you learn all you can and get you started with the licensing process. Discover right here on our website if you qualify to be a foster parent with CCR. By meeting the basic requirements listed, you are ready for Step #1 and we cannot wait to speak with you.
Our 5-step foster care licensing process takes you through the steps slowly and thoroughly. By the end of the 4 month period, prospective foster parents feel prepared and confident to welcome children into their family.
Our team prepares all applicants to be confident and ready to care for kids with a variety of trauma backgrounds. Without a doubt, new CCR foster parents feel prepared to accept kids with trauma histories and use the trauma-informed care principles they have learned.
After reading the qualify to be a foster parent page, call or contact us to get started. We answer calls and respond to inquiries very quickly and look forward to speaking with you.
Our New Foster Parent Advisor has both professional and personal foster parenting experience to help you make the best decision for your family. She will provide further details on qualifications, our kids, support services, and much more. The call is casual and there is no pressure to get licensed. Most importantly, we want you to be comfortable asking questions.
Now that you have the answers and details needed, we will send you an electronic application and questionnaire. Completing the application typically takes less than 30 minutes. Upon receipt and approval of your application, we will begin background checks, fingerprints, and reference paperwork.
During Step 2, applicants begin the required online Wisconsin foster parent pre-placement training. The course includes short videos and is a great introduction to being a Wisconsin foster parent.
Upon receipt of a favorable background check and references, the first interview is scheduled. Additionally, there will be several required home visits. The licensing specialist will conduct phone interviews as well as in-person visits. All interviews and visits are professional and confidential.
Rest assured, your licensing specialist will guide you through the legal requirements of preparing your home to welcome foster children. Meetings and visits are scheduled at a comfortable pace and new foster parents always know what to expect during the next appointment. Rest easy, your home does not need to be "ready" at the first home visit.
Wisconsin requires new foster parents to complete 30-hours of classroom training. CCR's new foster parent training provides the necessary education and tools to care for children with trauma histories and heightened emotions and behaviors. Classes are held in two sessions of two days each.
By now, you understand why getting a foster care license takes so long. Upon completion of all paperwork, home visits, and training, a home study will be written. At this time, a foster care license will be issued and filed with the state of Wisconsin. You are now ready to accept foster children and become part of a child's healing process!