1. Request a foster parent application packet from the Outagamie and Calumet County Foster Care Program
2. Complete all forms in the foster parent application and submit these to the Foster Care Program
• Assure that each person residing in the home who is 10 years of age or older completes and signs the two background check forms
3. Upon receipt of the completed information, a foster care coordinator will review the application, submit the background check forms and call you to schedule a home visit
4. Participate in the foster family assessment:
• 4 – 6 meetings occur with a foster care coordinator who will meet with the prospective foster parents and all members of the household, in the applicant’s home
• Meetings are typically 1.5 – 3 hours in length
• The meetings allow a chance for the applicant to learn more about becoming a licensed foster family and gives the foster care coordinator a chance to get to know the applicant
• The coordinator will verify that the home meets licensing requirements
• The coordinator will help to assure that all necessary paperwork is completed
• The coordinator will collect your finger prints and submit these to the FBI
5. Some of the home requirements are:
• smoke detectors on every level of the home, at the head of each open stair well and in each bedroom
• a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
• carbon monoxide detectors on each level of the home
• outlet plugs placed in all unused outlet covers if providing care to children age 7 and under
• chemicals and dangerous materials placed up and out of reach of children
• develop and post a fire evacuation plan
• forms verifying home owners, renters and vehicle insurance must be completed
• Other items will be discussed as they pertain to your household such as: well water testing and verification of updated pet vaccinations if applicable
6. Once the background checks and home are approved, the foster care coordinator submits a written foster family assessment and all required paperwork to the foster care program supervisor who reviews the report for approval.
7. Once approved the license and copies of needed paperwork is mailed to the applicant
8. Before receiving placement of any foster children, each applicant must complete 6 hours of pre-placement training.
Typically, the entire foster care licensing process takes 3 to 6 months.