5 Steps to becoming a foster parent in Wisconsin
Treatment foster care provides a safe, healing environment for children with significant trauma. Our dedicated, long term staff is here to support you through the licensing process. No matter what county you live in, we would love to have you explore fostering with us and become part of a team to help children heal and grow. Getting a foster care license typically takes 3-4 months and is completed in 5 steps.
1 - A Phone Call
A casual phone call will allow you to ask us as many questions as you like. We will answer with transparency and honesty and we will share things with you about fostering that you don't even know to ask. We will talk about what to expect from children placed in your home and we share our promise to support you and your family throughout your journey. We believe a one-on-one conversation allows for an honest exchange of information as you explore becoming a foster parent. We do not require you to attend an info session to get the information you are looking for.
2 - Initial Application
If you meet the foster parent qualifications and are ready to proceed, we are thrilled to send you an application packet. If the completed application demonstrates a flexible schedule, a support system and a true desire to care for children with significant trauma, we will schedule an appointment to visit with you in your home.
3 - Home Visits, Background Check, Fingerprinting
The first visit allows for more of your questions to be answered as well as opportunities for you to gain a better understanding of what fostering with CCR will be like. Background check, fingerprinting, and additional application forms will be presented during the first home visit. There will be 3 additional home visits prior to getting your license. These visits will consist of interviews, obtaining references, medical releases, and more. Keep in mind, your home does not have to be "ready" to begin the process. In fact, many people are in the process of moving to a larger home or completing some home improvements while getting licensed.
4 - Classroom Training
30-hours of classroom training is required to obtain a foster license. Training takes place in two parts. The first session focuses on policies, procedures, state requirements, and what to expect from CCR. Session two is an in-depth exploration of childhood trauma and trauma-informed care.
5 - Licensing
Upon completion of training, your licensing specialist will write your home study and a foster care license will be issued and filed with the state of Wisconsin. You are now ready to accept foster children into your family and become part of a child's healing process.