Racine County Foster Care assess all applicants and provide the opportunity for prospective foster parents to assess themselves before they accept the role of foster parent.

You can call 262-638-6595 to obtain information and discuss your questions with a foster care 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, training and process 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 include a criminal background check, personal references, proof of physical health and insurances.

The process takes from 2-3 months. Racine County Foster Care staff will be available every step of the way to guide and support you through the process.

Prior to a home having a placement of a child, each foster parent is required to complete 36 hours of initial training and 10 hours of on-going training per year. Foster Care licenses are reviewed for re-licensing every 2 years.

When approved, a family is then 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.

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