Thursday, December 18, 2014

Becoming a Foster Parent

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent for Racine County children or would like to receive additional information, contact Yvette DeGeorge at Yvette. DeGeorge@goracine.org or 638-6356.

Foster Parent Responsibilities

Foster Parents play a vital role in the life of the children they foster. Some of the responsibilities of being a foster parent include the following:

  • Provide a safe and loving environment for foster children
  • Participate in the child’s educational needs
  • Arrange for medical and dental exams of the child
  • Willingly work with the child’s biological family and the Case Manager
  • Provide transportation to court hearings, appointments, school and other activities

Foster Parent Requirements

The following are some of the basic requirements that must be met in order for consideration of a foster home license to occur:

  • Be at least 21 years of age and reside in a house or apartment that meets a safety inspection
  • Have enough bedroom space and beds for the children in the home as required by Administrative Code (DCF 56)
  • Have homeowners or renters liability insurance and automobile insurance
  • Have an adequate income to meet your own family’s needs
  • Provide a statement from a physician that all household members are in good health and free from any physical/mental conditions that could hinder the ability to foster parent
  • Have no history or record of abuse or neglect
  • Have no pending state or federal criminal charge or conviction of a felony, misdemeanor, or other state or federal offense if the circumstances of the charge substantially relate to caring for children or operating a foster home
  • Possess the willingness to work with others in achieving a foster child’s permanence
  • Keep all information regarding a foster child and their family confidential
  • Have the appropriate motivation to want to foster parent
  • Have a good understanding of the needs of children who have been abused or neglected

Next Steps 

The steps to becoming a licensed foster parent are as follows:

  • To become a Foster Parent you must complete an application.  You may call 262-638-6356 and ask that an application be mailed or that a PDF application be emailed to you.  You may also complete the PDF application online, download it to your computer for completion or print it to complete the application in writing.
  • Applications completed electronically may be emailed to Kerry.Milkie@GoRacine.org or Yvette.DeGeorge@GoRacine.org.  Printed applications should be mailed to:
    • Racine County Human Services Department
    • Attn: Yvette DeGeorge
    • 1717 Taylor Ave.
    • Racine, WI  53403
  • If you have questions while completing the application you may call 262-638-6356 or email Yvette.DeGeorge@GoRacine.org.
  • When your application is received, a licensing worker will contact you, sign you up for the foster parent training and schedule home visits.
  • The home visits will consist of a home safety inspection and an explanation of the program, policies and procedures
  • Applicants receive their licenses once all of the necessary documentation is completed and approved
  • Foster parents will be eligible to accept foster placements in their home once they have completed Pre-Placement and Foundations Training 
  

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