CCR serves youth in foster care who have increased emotional, behavioral, or social needs due to trauma histories. Most children are ages 5-18 and many are part of a sibling group. Our kids and teens are served in specialized foster homes where they can receive additional support, structured supervision, and weekly interaction with professional staff.
Each child has an emotional, personal story with different levels of trauma tied to their past. CCR is proud to be on the cutting edge of treatment programs for kids and adolescents. Using trauma-informed care principals, our foster parents help kids make enormous progress in their growth and healing.
Emotional problems in youth range from mild to severe and no two kids are alike. Most of our parents choose to foster kids ages 12 & under or youth 13-18, and some are open to all ages. It is important to note that CCR does not place babies or toddlers.
There is a wide range of emotions and behaviors that develop when a child is abused or neglected for extended periods of time. To make sure a child is placed in the best home possible, we must first assess their needs. Wisconsin uses a tool commonly known as CANS to do this assessment. Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment Tool. CANS is basically a scoring tool which determines a child's level of foster care. It is important for all prospective foster parents to understand the different levels of care.
Trauma is an emotional response to an intense event or exposure to multiple events. One of our most important foster parent requirements is a flexible day-to-day schedule. CCR youth need you home when they are home to provide a stable, predictable environment that provides one on one attention. It is difficult for two working parents, working 8-5, or a single person working full-time M-F, to be treatment foster parents. Caring for kids with trauma histories can be challenging, but kids can heal with stability, structure, and necessary support services.
Traumatic events may include:
In addition, entering foster care means being removed from family, friends, neighbors, and school. Subsequently, while in foster care, kids are often shuffled in and out of foster homes. Our hope is that when a child is placed in a CCR foster home, it will be the last or only foster home the child will be in. If children are unable to reunite with their biological families, CCR foster parents are often a resource for adopting a foster child.
It takes consistent parenting skills, supportive school staff, and routine therapy to care for children with trauma histories successfully. All CCR foster homes receive weekly home visits and bi-weekly school visits to support both parent and child. In addition, CCR provides continuous training for foster parents, so they are equipped to help children in their care.
To learn more about some of the kids in care read our foster child of the week blog.
We want you to be informed, comfortable, and confident in your decision to open your heart and home to foster children. We encourage you to call us to learn more.