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
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