5 Steps to becoming a foster parent in Wisconsin
Our foster parents provide a safe, healing environment for children with significant trauma. If you have a flexible schedule and can provide a stable home environment for kids, we would love to hear from you.
Our dedicated, long term staff is here to support you throughout the licensing process. No matter what county you live in, we would love for you to explore fostering with us and become part of a team to help children heal and grow. We have amazing families in 35 Wisconsin counties providing foster care. 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 as many questions as you like and get the answers you need to consider fostering with us. We answer calls immediately and respond to inquiries made through our website within hours.
We believe a one-on-one conversation allows for an honest exchange of information rather than having you attend a generic, group information session. We will share all the details you need to know so you can make the best decision for you and your family.
2 - Initial Application
If you meet the foster parent qualifications and are ready to proceed, we are thrilled to send you an application. If the completed application demonstrates a flexible schedule, a support system, a stable home environment, and a true desire to care for children with a variety of 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, home walk-throughs, and more.
4 - Classroom Training
Foster parent training consists of 30-hours in a classroom setting. The training is informative, interesting and well planned to give you the necessary tools to care for children with traumatic backgrounds. Training takes place in two parts. The first session focuses on policies, procedures, state requirements, what to expect from CCR, and an introduction to trauma-informed care. Session two is an in-depth exploration of childhood trauma and trauma-informed care. Trainings are held 6 times per year.
5 - Licensing
Upon completion of all paperwork, home visits, and 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.