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The Process - Become a Foster Parent

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5 Steps to become a foster parent in Wisconsin

Becoming a foster parent should be exciting, not overwhelming, that is why the team here at CCR is committed to supporting you through the foster care licensing process. Our friendly, experienced staff with walk you through all the details you need to get the process started. Our stress free process can be completed in as little as 4 months. 

If you meet the basic qualifications to be a Wisconsin Foster Parent, we are happy to speak with you further to learn about your interests in helping kids in foster care.

We believe the best way to get you the information you need is here through our website followed by a personal phone call. It is why we don't offer orientations or generic information sessions. That's right, we speak with every single person by phone. Foster care is personal and each prospective foster parent has different questions and personal situations that are best addressed with a one on one conversation. Our new foster parent advisor is a retired foster mom and will speak with you for as long as it takes to get you the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

In just 3-4 months you can become a licensed foster parent and help some of the 7,500 kids in Wisconsin foster care. The need is great and we are placing children very quickly after issuing a license. The process is streamlined to make things as easy as possible for you. Our goal isn't just to get you licensed and put a child in your home. We educate, encourage, and prepare you to be a successful foster parent. You can't do it alone, so we will provide you with exceptional training and the tools necessary to help kids heal from their trauma.

As a statewide foster agency, you can live in any county and foster with us. Counties we serve can be found on our Wisconsin foster care locations page. Of course, we place all ages of children, usually between 2-17, but our greatest need is with kids over age 8. We would love for you to explore fostering with us and become part of our family.

YES you can begin the process during COVID19. Our staff is working hard to get new foster parents licensed. 


1 - A Phone Call

After reading our qualifications to be a foster parent page, we hope you will call or contact us for information on how to get started with the process. We answer calls immediately and respond to inquiries made through our website and Facebook page within hours. You may ask as many questions as you like and we promise to be honest and transparent with answers and information.

You will speak with our new foster parent advisor Jane, a former foster mom herself, to nearly 2 dozen children. Jane has the professional and personal experience to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Details on qualifications, the kids, levels of care, support services, and much more can be discussed. She knows what information you need to get started and will spend as much time speaking with you as needed. 

2 - Initial Application

If upon conclusion of your call with Jane you are ready to begin the application process, we will get you started immediately. Initial application pieces will be emailed to you (or snail mailed if you prefer). Completing these forms typically takes less than 45 minutes, no printing is required, and they are easily emailed right back to us. Your application pieces will be reviewed and processed within a few short days. 

Now you will begin working on the required online foster parent 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 - Background Checks, References, and Home Visits

In preparation for your first home visit, we will run background checks and obtain fingerprints and references. Upon receipt of clean background checks (see our FAQ's for more on this), we will schedule your first home visit. The visit allows for more of your questions to be answered as well as opportunities for you to gain a better understanding of what to expect as a foster parent with us.

There will be 2-3 additional home visits prior to licensing. Our Licensing Coordinator, Kari, will walk with you step by step during the visits and all additional paperwork required. Kari is a wealth of knowledge and is available to you throughout the process. No need for concern about the cleanliness or preparedness of your home! We are not expecting your home to pass a white glove test or ready to welcome kids on the first visit. However, it must be safe. No worries, Kari will review the requirements and details with you.  

4 - Classroom Training

Foster Parent Training Prepared Us


Foster Parent Training Prepared Us

Training dates will be offered after clean background checks and the the first home visit are completed. Foster parent training consists of 30-hours in a classroom setting. Trainings are informative, interesting, and well planned to give you the necessary tools to care for children and sibling groups 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.

5 - Licensing

Upon completion of all paperwork, home visits, and training, our 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! So exciting!


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