Yes, if you like. This is usually discussed at the time of licensing. You can specify that you would prefer to take children of a certain age or gender. You can also say no to a placement.
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The Department of Children and Family Services maintains several requirements that must be met by persons interested in the foster care program:
Beyond these technical licensing requirements, persons considering becoming foster parents should also ask themselves the following:
Because of the important, complex role foster parents play, the Division of Children and Family Services utilizes Community Impact Foster Care Program to carefully assess all applicants. It also provides the opportunity for prospective foster parents to assess themselves before they accept the role of foster parent.
You may want to call the Community Impact Foster Care Program at 262-654-1004 to obtain information brochures and discuss your questions and concerns with a Foster Care Program specialist.
If your family wishes to move forward, a Foster Care Program specialist will come to your home to acquaint you with the process and explain the forms and training you will be asked to complete. The Foster Care Program specialist will schedule a home study/visit(s) with each prospective foster family to determine whether state licensing requirements are met. Part of the state requirements includes a criminal background check, personal references, proof of physical health and insurance. The process takes from 1-2 months, and there is no fee. The Community Impact Program Specialist will be available every step of the way to guide you through the process.
Before having a placement of a child, each foster parent is required to attend a 6-hour training. Thereafter, foster parents are required to complete additional foundation training. After the first two years, foster parents are required to attend 10 hours of ongoing training. Their foster care license is reviewed for re-licensing every two years.
When approved, a family is considered available to care for foster children. The request of the foster parents as well as the individual needs of the child will determine when a placement occurs in your home.
Of course, it is also your responsibility to provide the child a safe home, adequate meals, clothing and a warm, nurturing family environment that recognizes the child’s individual needs and ethnic/cultural heritage.