Our first step is to send a folder of information that includes general foster care information as well as information specific to our program in Winnbago County. After you've reviewed the information and would like to take the next step, please contact Renee Soroko at (920) 236-4658 for a brief phone conversation. To obtain a folder, contact Jill Coats at (920) 236-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A foster care coordinator will schedule an appointment to meet you/your family and bring the application packet. We will review the contents of the packet and answer any initial questions you may have.
The application packet consists of the following forms, whcih must be filled out in their entirity and returned to the Winnebago County Department of Human Services for review before further action is taken. Once the completed application packet has been received it may take up to 60 days to finish the licensing process.
- Disclosure of Financial Information
- DCF 56 Child Foster Care Licensing Checklist
- Criminal background check forms
- Health Assessment forms
- Licensing Checklist
- Notice of Confidentiality
A background check will be conducted by the agency and includes: national fingerprint check with FBI, State of Wisconsin Caregiver background check, domestic violence history, child protective services history, juvenile delinquency history, and Department of Motor Vehicle license verification.
Your assigned foster care coordinator who is also a social worker from the Resource Team will be assigned to conduct a series of interviews to gather information and complete an assessment. The assessment process will help us get to know you and your family and will assist in identifying your strengths and matching children to your home. Through home and office visits you will also learn more about our agency and children in need of placement.
The home study, also known as a Foster Family Assessment (FFA), consists of several hours of face-to-face contact with each parent and some additional time with each child in the family. The assessment tool is comprised of several categories: History, Adult Functioning, Marital/Domestic Partner relationships, Birthparent and foster child Viewpoints, Family Relationships, Physical/Social Environment, General Parenting, Preperation for Fostering, Commitment and Family Resources. Each category has subheadings that are individually rated. The assessment also includes a social history component and other demographic information about the home and household. Based on the results of the assessment, the licensor will make final recommendations about licensure as well as a support plan outlining any remaining needs that need to be met by the family prior to licensure.
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A State of Wisconsin Foster Care License will be issued when all licensing requirements have been met. The license will indicate the number, sex and age range of the child(ren) for whom you may provide care. The license is in effect up to two years and may be renewed upon successful completion of re-licensing requirements. If a license is denied, the applicants have the right to appeal the decision to the State (for more information on this, see DCF 56.10). A record is kept of all persons who apply for a license including those who were denied a license or voluntarily chose not to complete the process. This information is accessible by all county social workers in the State of Wisconsin.