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The Process - Become a Foster Parent

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5 Steps to become a foster parent in Wisconsin

Getting a foster care license should be exciting, not overwhelming, that is why the team at CCR is committed to supporting you through the foster care licensing process. Our friendly, experienced staff with walk you through all the details, step by step to make sure you get the answers and information you need. We promise to make your experience as seamless as possible and we'll go the extra mile to make sure you and your family are comfortable with each step. 

We need foster homes in ALL Wisconsin counties. If you have a flexible schedule and can provide a stable home environment for kids, we would love to hear from you.

In just 3-4 months you can become a licensed foster parent with us!  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. We want this to be the best choice for you and your family. That means providing you with all the training and tools necessary to care for children successfully. 

We would love for you to explore fostering with us and become part of our family of amazing foster parents. We have families in 35 Wisconsin counties providing foster care to kids of all ages and sibling groups.

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

Getting a foster care license is completed in these 5 simple 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 and Facebook page within hours. Calls are friendly, honest, and last as long as needed.

We do not require you to attend a generic information session to get the information you want and need. We prefer to speak with you directly taking time to get to know you and help you to explore fostering.

You will speak with Jane, our trusted foster parent advisor. Jane has been a foster mom herself to kids of all ages and sibling groups. She will provide details on qualifications, the kids, county vs. private agency, support, and much more. She knows what information you need to get started. 

2 - Initial Application

If you meet the basic foster parent qualifications discussed during Step One and are ready to begin, we are thrilled to send you an application. After receipt of your completed application, an online training course will be made available to you. This course is a great introduction to becoming a Wisconsin Foster Parent.  From here we will move to Step 3 and schedule your first in-home appointment.

3 - Home Visits, Background Check, Fingerprinting

The first in-home 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 checks, 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 Prepared Us

Foster Parent Training Prepared Us

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 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. 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!


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