Consider Becoming a Foster Parent During National Foster Care Month
Wellpoint Care Network has a long history of providing foster care – we’ve been licensing and supporting safe, nurturing foster homes since 1984.
But, we can’t do what we do without you.
Almost anyone can become a foster parent. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do need to be committed to a child’s current and future needs. More than anything, we’re looking for people with love and patience to share (and, a sense of humor always helps).
We need individuals and families from all backgrounds, cultures and family structures to represent the diverse range of children who need a foster home.
-Today, there are about 8,000 Wisconsin children in foster care.
-In Milwaukee County alone, nearly 2,000 children are in foster care.
-Nearly 32% of children have been in foster care for more than two years.
-Currently, 68% of children in foster care are African American, while only about 30% of licensed Wellpoint Care foster parents are African American.
-In Wisconsin, the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families is trying to recruit more than 1,000 new foster families.
May is National Foster Care Month. During this month, we encourage you to consider becoming a foster parent.
As a foster parent, you will invest not only in children who need you, but also in your community. Your commitment could be just what a biological family needs to heal and reunite. And, if that’s not possible, you will still play an important role in providing stability as we work toward permanency.
- Attend a new-family information session.
- Pass a criminal background and caregiver check.
- Have no prior history of involvement with a child welfare agency due to an upheld accusation of child abuse and/or neglect.
- Possess sufficient verifiable sources of income.
- Meet certain safety requirements for the home and have homeowner’s or renter’s liability insurance.
- Have bedroom space for a foster child that meets licensing standards.
- Have vehicle liability insurance and a valid driver’s license if transporting a foster child.
- Participate in professional training based on certification level.
- Be willing and able to work with the child’s biological family.
- Be willing to share experiences with other potential foster parents.
- General foster parents (Level 2) must complete 9 hours of training prior to having a foster child placed. During the first two years of licensure, foster/adoptive parents must complete 33 hours of foundation training and 3 training hours that include information about trauma informed care.
We need you. It doesn’t matter your marital status, career or parenting experience. If you’re willing to care for a child who comes into your care, being a foster parent is right for you.
The need for foster parents is great – and, the rewards are greater. Ready for the next steps? Attend an upcoming Information Session.