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The Process to Become a Foster Parent

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5 Steps needed to become a foster parent in Wisconsin.

Thank you for exploring how to become a foster parent with CCR. Below is a step-by-step list of the CCR foster care licensing process. Friendly experienced staff will walk you through the details.  

Meeting the basic qualifications to become a foster parent is easier than imagined. In fact, pre-qualifying over the phone takes less than 15 minutes. 

The best way to get detailed information is here on our website followed by a phone call. In fact, orientations and generic information sessions are not offered at CCR. That's right, we speak with every single person by phone. Furthermore, exploring foster care is personal and each prospective foster parent has different questions and situations.

Become a foster parent in 3-4 months.

The CCR licensing process is streamlined to make things as easy as possible. Applicants are prepared to care for kids with a variety of trauma. Without a doubt, new CCR foster parents feel ready to accept their first placement upon licensure.

CCR foster parents can live in any county. Counties served are found on the Wisconsin foster care locations page. 

1 - A Phone Call

After reading the qualify to be a foster parent page, call or contact us to get started. We answer calls quickly and respond to inquiries within hours. Questions are welcomed and we promise to be honest and transparent.

CCR is blessed to have a retired foster mom on staff serving as New Foster Parent Advisor. Jane has the professional and personal experience to help you make the best decision for your family. become a foster parent Jane will provide details on qualifications, levels of care, support services, and much more. Most importantly, she will spend as much time as needed discussing the details. 

2 - Foster Care Application & Background Checks

With prequalifications met and all questions answered, an electronic application will be made available. Completing the application typically takes less than 45 minutes and is submitted through our website. Application pieces are reviewed and processed within a few short days. Subsequently, an approved application will trigger background check, fingerprint, and reference paperwork to be mailed.

At this time, applicants begin the required online Wisconsin foster parent pre-placement training. The course includes 7 short videos followed by a few questions at the end of each. This course is a great introduction to becoming a Wisconsin Foster Parent. 

3 - Interviews & Home Visits

Upon receipt of a clean background check and favorable references, the first interview is held. Additionally, there will be several home visits. Interviews and visits are casual and confidential. 

A member of the licensing team will walk through each step allowing for questions and concerns. Staff will complete the process at a comfortable pace and new foster parents are aware of the next steps. 

4 - Foster Care Classes

Foster Parent Training Prepared Us


Foster Parent Training Prepared Us

New foster parent classes are held near the end of the licensing process. Wisconsin requires 30-hours in a classroom setting. Training sessions are informative, interesting, and well planned. Most importantly, training sessions provide the necessary tools to care for children and sibling groups with traumatic backgrounds.

Training takes place in two parts. First, we focus on policies, procedures, state requirements, and what to expect from CCR. The second is an in-depth exploration of childhood trauma and trauma-informed care. Each session consists of 15 hours over 2 days.

5 - Licensing

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!  


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