Deciding to become foster parents is a big step. You probably have questions about the process, what to expect and whether you're even a good fit to be a foster. Here are some of the most common questions we get asked. Start here and then call us at 262-764-8555 to ask away! Our goal is to have the best-prepared foster families possible so that the children who come to you find a warm and loving welcome.
The regulations for fostering in Wisconsin are found here:
There are Levels of Care for fostering, and each Level has specific requirements. Our Specialized Foster Care typically licenses Levels Two, Three, and Four foster homes.
KHDS, Inc. provides our own high quality, skill based training at no cost to you. Training is part of the licensing process. There is an on-line training required for all potential foster parents which is provided by the State of Wisconsin and is also without any cost to you. In total, there are at least 40 hours of training provided before initial licensing.
Some of our most successful foster homes are single parents. Important questions to ask yourself if you are single are whether or not you have the energy and time to work with children who can have significant needs and if you have a support system that may help you with some of the time-consuming tasks of parenting.
Yes, it is possible. You need to have time available to provide supervision and treatment. Of both work outside the home, you will need some job flexibility and/or additional resources to assist you if the child has school problems, illnesses, and professional appointments. Daycare assistance may be available depending on the circumstances
Not at all, as long as there is enough space for the children. The minimum standard requires 200 square feet per person in the home and 40 square feet of open floor space per child in the bedroom. Each child must be provided their own bed and children of the same sex are able to share a room, depending on their ages.
A generous stipend is provided for each child. The amount varies depending on the needs of the child, and foster parents express that it is sufficient to meet the needs of caring for the children. Food, clothing, transportation, recreation, allowance, school fees, and daycare expenses are among the things for which the stipend is used.
Each child receives a state funded medical card that pays for medical, dental, and psychiatric expenses. This includes counseling and medication.
In most situations, the answer is yes and it can be a wonderful experience for you and the children.
Yes. Each family is matched with a Consultant who is available 24/7 via cell phone. Your Consultant works with you to use the Model with the child rather than coming in and working with the child. We know you are the experts on the kids and don’t want to get in the way of your relationship.
The State of Wisconsin provides supplemental insurance to provide coverage when your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance does not cover the damage.