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FAQ

How long do children stay in foster care?
This can vary from a few days to a year; however, the average length of stay is 6 months.

Must a foster parent accept any child the agency offers?
No, available information about a child is shared with you before placement so that you and the child’s social worker can decide together whether the child should be placed in your home. On occasional emergency situations, very little may be known about the child.

Do I have to be married or own my own home?
Single adults may apply to be foster parents and you do not have to own your own home.

What are the basic requirements to be a foster parent?
You must be 21 years of age or older and a responsible, mature individual to become a licensed foster parent. You will be asked to provide truthful information regarding alcohol and drug abuse and law violations that may hinder your ability to provide a stable, nurturing environment. Giving false information or withholding information can be grounds for denial of a license.

What is the process to become a licensed foster parent?
You, your family and a social worker will meet several times. For the most part, the appointments will be in your home. Orientation and training for effective parenting with emphasis on working with children with special needs is provided.

Who pays for the care of the children in foster care?
Foster parents receive money for room, board, and other living expenses from the placement agency. There are also supplemental payments for the care of children with special needs.

How are the child’s medical needs paid for?
Foster children are covered by Title XIX (Medical Assistance) or the insurance of their natural parents.

What sleeping arrangements should I have for a child?
Children over one year old may not share a bedroom with an adult. Children over six years old may not share a bedroom with a child of the opposite sex and each foster child must have his or her own bed.

Can I have a job and care for a foster child?
A foster parent may work outside of the home. Any out-of-home provider of day care shall be licensed or certified. Funding is available.

Will I be involved with the child’s natural parents?
It is an agency expectation that foster parents communicate and work with birth parents. Your worker will help schedule the visits and make travel arrangements. The social worker may schedule meetings involving the natural parents and foster parents.

Can I take a foster child on vacation?
Yes. If you are planning on taking a child out of the state, prior approval is needed from the supervising agency.

What kind of support services are available?
An agency worker will help you understand your foster child and find community resources to deal with any problems that arise. Special training sessions are made available and support groups are available in some communities.

Who do I contact for more information?
Please contact Allison Higgins for information and application at (920) 448-6138 or Higgins_AL@co.brown.wi.us.
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