Become a foster parent in Wisconsin
Becoming a Wisconsin foster parent with Community Care Resources typically takes 3-5 months. As a statewide agency, we have licensed hundreds of treatment foster homes, in dozens of counties across Wisconsin since 1989. We have amazing foster families in every corner of Wisconsin. What makes us different from your county agency? Learn here.
If you are interested in being a foster parent or simply want to explore, please call us. Our experienced staff will speak with you immediately during business hours. Or you may contact us and we will reach out to you at a convenient time that works for you. We schedule evening and weekend calls to accommodate your schedule. The process is long and in-depth but necessary. We will walk with you on every step towards getting your license. More importantly, we will support you throughout your entire fostering journey. Listen to what our foster parents say.
Initial Phone Conversation
The first phone call you make to CCR is an opportunity to learn what treatment foster care is and what support services we offer. We will discuss your interests and answer all questions you may have. With honesty and transparency, we will guide you through what fostering kids with significant trauma looks like. We believe a private conversation allows for a better exchange of information thus we do not hold general information sessions. Read our FAQ’s
Upon approval of initial documents and completion of 6 hours of online training, you are ready for our licensing specialist to visit your home. During the first visit, she will go into further detail about treatment level foster care and what that may look like for you and your family. Background Check paperwork and additional application forms will be presented during the first home visit. During the upcoming months, you can expect 3 additional home visits as part of the licensing process. (your home does not have to be “ready” to begin the process)
On-site training of 30 hours will take place at our Middleton office. No worries, our staff is located all over the state so this will most likely be the only time you visit us at the office, because we come to you once you have kids in your care. There are two sessions and each is held on a Monday & Tuesday, 8:30-4:00. There are 4 weeks between sessions. Hotel accommodations are provided by CCR if you reside more than one hour from our location. There is never a cost to become a foster parent. Upon completion of training, your home study will be written and a license issued.
Your First Placement
Your first placement may happen within days or weeks, depending on your child preferences. We will have discussed this with you at length during the licensing process. It’s ok to prefer children of a certain age or gender, or perhaps, you want to focus on sibling groups or teens. It’s important that you and your family realize your capabilities in caring for foster youth. You will always meet and spend time with the children prior to accepting a placement.