Door County Foster Care

Door County Foster Care A page for foster parents and those in the Door County community who are invested in our youth. Welcome!

Hello foster/adoptive parents!  Please check out this training opportunity that is is provided by the Coalition For Chil...
06/16/2020
LIVE WEBINAR: Everyday Healing: Naming Adversity and Loss *121

Hello foster/adoptive parents! Please check out this training opportunity that is is provided by the Coalition For Children, Youth, and Families and is available via webinar. Details regarding training hours and topic relevance can be found by clicking the link! And, as always, feel free to reach out to Quinn Hansen at 920-746-7155 with any questions!

https://www.championclassrooms.org/courses/everyday-healing-naming-adversity-and-loss

June 30, 2020 from 6pm - 8pm. How do we support children to understand and cope with some of the “tough stuff” they have experienced? Join us to explore ways to talk about adversity and loss at different developmental stages and consider ways to create healing moments within everyday interaction...

Hello everyone!  If you're interested, please feel free to attend this Virtual Parent Cafe even being held TONIGHT.  Als...
06/02/2020
Virtual Parent Cafe June 2, 2020

Hello everyone! If you're interested, please feel free to attend this Virtual Parent Cafe even being held TONIGHT. Also, as long as you're considering this event, feel free to hop on over and 'Like' and 'follow' Door County Partnership For Children and Families!

We are holding a virtual (online) Parent Cafe on June 2, 2020. Parent Cafes give parents a chance to come together to listen, talk, build friendships & support each other around the five protective factors for strong families. PLEASE FILL OUT A RSVP FORM FOR EACH PARENT ATTENDING.

05/06/2020
Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to timely, practical resources that help child welfare, adoption, and related professionals protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children's Bureau/ACF/HHS.

03/02/2020

30 Ways to Connect with a Child
Playing and interacting with your child is one of the most important things you can do to help your child learn. This is also a time to build a bond with your child and help him or her develop a sense of competence and self-worth. Below are 30 ideas for connecting with your child:
1. Read books together – each pick out your favorite.
2. Draw a picture to share with a family member or friend.
3. Talk about what you are thankful for.
4. Help another family member.
5. See what will sink in water.
6. Visit the library and get your child their own card.
7. Have a family game night.
8. Have a picnic outside.
9. Pretend to be dinosaurs.
10.Watch a television show together.
11. Eat a meal together.
12. Look for circle shapes inside and outside.
13. Learn a new skill.
14. Paint your favorite thing.
15. Volunteer together as a family.
16. Dance to music.
17. Go to the park or playground.
18. Pretend you are a circus performer (tightrope walker, ringmaster, etc.).
19.Make silly faces.
20. Give lots of hugs.
21. Turn off the TV for a day.
22. Leave a love note for someone on their pillow.
23. Coordinate a treasure hunt around your house.
24.Make a list of things you are thankful for.
25. Bake or decorate cookies.
26. Choose something to count (trucks, dogs, etc.) and take a walk to look for them.
27.Watch the sunset.
28. Finger paint.
29. Plant some flower seeds.
30. Tell your child that you love him or her.
Remember to let interactions with children happen at the child’s pace and take cues from the child when doing something new. Keep in mind that children need more time to learn and move from one idea to another. A parent’s participation, encouragement, and positive feedback are critical to helping a child play, interact, and learn. Learn more at preventchildabusewi.org.

02/27/2020
Kids deserve to know where they came from–and birth parents deserve to know that their kids are okay. Foster and adoptiv...
12/16/2019
There's Always Something Good - CCYF - Video

Kids deserve to know where they came from–and birth parents deserve to know that their kids are okay. Foster and adoptive mom Verneesha talks about keeping the lines of communication open between her daughter and her birth mother.

https://nomatterwhatfamilies.org/video/theres-always-something-good/

Kids deserve to know where they came from--and birth parents deserve to know that their kids are okay. Foster and adoptive mom Verneesha talks about keeping the lines of communication open between her daughter and her birth mother.

Community Connections - Door County Parents
12/16/2019
Community Connections - Door County Parents

Community Connections - Door County Parents

Community Connections offers free support by matching your family with a Community Connector who can provide information, peer support and help you navigate Door County services if need be.

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Trauma Informed Care
12/15/2019

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Trauma Informed Care

Children’s Wisconsin - Child Abuse Prevention
12/13/2019

Children’s Wisconsin - Child Abuse Prevention

During this busy time of year, offering choices to your child may help reduce power struggles and give them a voice in what they would like.

Magdalia, herself a former foster youth and adult adoptee, shares a story about realizing that it’s okay to ask for help...
12/09/2019
It's Okay to Reach Out for Help - CCYF - Video

Magdalia, herself a former foster youth and adult adoptee, shares a story about realizing that it’s okay to ask for help. You don’t have to go along your journey of foster care or adoption alone.

Thanks again to the Coalition for these videos and the No Matter What campaign.

https://nomatterwhatfamilies.org/video/its-okay-to-reach-out-for-help/

You don't have to go along your journey of foster care or adoption alone. Magdalia shares a story about realizing that it's okay to ask for help.

Children’s Wisconsin - Child Abuse Prevention
12/07/2019

Children’s Wisconsin - Child Abuse Prevention

Adults need to remember that kids may not be comfortable sitting on Santa's lap or giving hugs to friends/family. They can also become overstimulated, overtired with extra holiday activities.

It can be hard to say, “we need help.” Just ask foster and adoptive parents, Stephanie and Jermaine. In this video, they...
12/03/2019
All My Pride Aside - CCYF - Video

It can be hard to say, “we need help.” Just ask foster and adoptive parents, Stephanie and Jermaine. In this video, they share a story about setting their pride aside in order to get all of the support and help they needed to care for their children.

https://nomatterwhatfamilies.org/video/all-my-pride-aside/

It can be hard to say, "we need help." Stephanie and Jermaine share a story about setting their pride aside in order to get the help they needed for their children.

Foster Parents: Are you in need of some ongoing training hours? Looking for resources for foster care related topics? Th...
12/02/2019

Foster Parents: Are you in need of some ongoing training hours? Looking for resources for foster care related topics? The Coalition is having a Cyber Monday sale today, so stock up on your webinars! Don't forget to save your receipts and send them to your FCC to get reimbursed.

Have a great week!

We are having a Cyber Monday sale in the Champion Classrooms!

All online courses are only $5 each--TODAY ONLY!

Visit https://www.championclassrooms.org and use code CYBERCHAMPION at checkout to save 50%-75% on any of these courses:

Anger Management for Children and Parents
Grief & Loss in Foster Care and Adoption
Sibling Relationships
Strategies for Building Stronger Relationships with Teens
The Anxiety Monster

(Sale ends 11:59pm Monday, December 2, 2019)

Three cheers for inclusivity!
11/21/2019
Children's Wisconsin - Community Services

Three cheers for inclusivity!

"Fiserv Forum contains two dedicated sensory rooms for guests with sensory processing needs to utilize during all events. The arena also offers complimentary sensory bags with helpful tools, such as noise-cancelling headphones. More than 800 of Fiserv Forum's event staff members have received training on how to recognize and assist fans with sensory needs." https://onmilwaukee.com/buzz/articles/fiserv-forum-sensory-rooms.html?fbclid=IwAR3hAaWV_T5rfDosW11WYy55XW3L4iiwYgeq4XtqxjaQKVKbRY9UiRIqINY

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Trauma Informed Care
11/11/2019
Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Trauma Informed Care

Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Trauma Informed Care

“Historically, I think we’ve tended to believe that young children won’t remember or don’t really have the ability to make sense of what’s going on, and therefore it doesn’t impact them. And that’s clearly not the case." Check out this great resource which addresses issues like substance abuse, homelessness and foster care.

‘Why is your mom white?’ Without skipping a beat, my son said, ‘Families don’t have to match.’ My heart exploded.’: Adop...
11/10/2019
‘Why is your mom white?’ Without skipping a beat, my son said, ‘Families don’t have to match.’ My heart exploded.’: Adoptive mom doesn’t match children ‘in color,’ but says ‘we know we match hearts’

‘Why is your mom white?’ Without skipping a beat, my son said, ‘Families don’t have to match.’ My heart exploded.’: Adoptive mom doesn’t match children ‘in color,’ but says ‘we know we match hearts’

"My family doesn’t look like most. I am a white mama to three beautiful, brown children. And although most of the time we don’t notice, others around us do. The thing is, although my daughter laughs just like me and my youngest son crinkles his nose when he smiles, just like I do, my family port...

Join us this Sunday at Crossroads Church in Sturgeon Bay to learn about foster care, Welcomed, and how YOU can help the ...
11/06/2019

Join us this Sunday at Crossroads Church in Sturgeon Bay to learn about foster care, Welcomed, and how YOU can help the children and foster families in your community! See you there! (And don't forget to RSVP to Mike at [email protected]!)

Gibraltar Area Schools
11/06/2019

Gibraltar Area Schools

SECONDARY PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES continue Thursday evening 3:30-7:30pm. Stop by and visit with Officer Bremman to learn about "Hidden in Plain Sight" (Look close at these photos - you'd never guess these items were hiding things from us.) We want to educate our families (and employers) on what to look for and how to protect your children.

Parent Cafes are perfect for:First time parents Long-time parents Parents who are new to Door CountyParents who feel iso...
11/06/2019

Parent Cafes are perfect for:

First time parents
Long-time parents
Parents who are new to Door County
Parents who feel isolated
Parents who are active in the community
Parents who are struggling
Parents who have knowledge to share
Parents who have questions about parenting
Parents who want to make Door County stronger!

Come join the Door County community and make some connections - and have dinner while you’re at it!

Don't forget to RSVP for the upcoming Parent Cafe! RSVP's are required - especially if you need childcare. You can call, email or RSVP online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSmEclBMISuAuQLibotgfm5WWxjrah5gmGmxjMBNgOIaRUlA/viewform.

Did you know!? #nationaladoptionmonth
11/05/2019

Did you know!? #nationaladoptionmonth

Washington County Sheriff's Office
10/25/2019

Washington County Sheriff's Office

Whether you partake in Halloween festivities or not, it costs you nothing to be kind.

Children’s Wisconsin - Child Abuse Prevention
10/23/2019

Children’s Wisconsin - Child Abuse Prevention

How we speak to our kids does make a difference.

Real Life Foster Mom
10/18/2019

Real Life Foster Mom

6 schools, 5 caseworkers & 11 different ‘parents’ in 4 years; plus, I haven’t seen my biological family in over 2.

I’ve outlasted all of my caseworkers, each one has moved on, while I continue to stay stagnant in the system.

I’ve been moved because of time restraints, personality differences & for making mistakes that most teenagers do. But unlike most, my parents had the option to put in notice & have me removed.

When I finally found a teacher that I could confide in, I moved to the other side of town. Never seeing her again.

It used to be hard not to make connections, but overtime it became easier. I’ve learned that everything is always temporary in my world.

I’m expected to be grateful for actually living in a home & not a facility at my age; even though I can’t remember the last time someone said they loved me—I’m considered “lucky”.

Every time I move, I must conform to new rules, lifestyles, religions—without questioning a thing.

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a mom that would brush my hair & brag to her friends about my grades; or a protective dad that meets my prom date at the door, lecturing him about being a gentleman.

But I don’t let my mind wander too far because I don’t know that I’ll ever get those things, although I secretly want them so badly.

I’ll be considered an adult in less than a year & even at 17, my deepest desire is to be adopted & my deepest fear is to age out of the system without a family to call my own. A family who loves me & who welcomes me freely, even when I’ve messed up.

I know fostering teenagers is hard & it would be easier not to do it—but being a teenager in foster care is hard & nobody gave me a choice.
~thoughts from a foster youth~
#ThisIsFosterCare

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Door County Library
09/20/2019

Door County Library

What are the festival dates this year you ask? Here's a handy timeline/map. 🎃🍂

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421 Nebraska St.
Sturgeon Bay, WI
54235

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(920) 746-7155

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Becoming a Foster Parent

What Is Foster Care?

Foster care provides children with a temporary home and family when their parents are unable to meet their needs and keep them safe. There are many reasons a child may be removed from his/her biological home. It could be due to physical, emotional or sexual abuse or due to neglect. Foster care provides these children with a stable, safe and nurturing environment while their parents work on improving their situations.

Foster care is designed to be a temporary solution to meet the children's needs until they can return home safely. A child may remain in foster care for a few days or many months. Recent legislative changes have been designed to minimize the length of time a child spends in foster care.

Whenever possible, children are returned to their birth parents. Foster parents are encouraged to work towards reuniting the child with his/her parents. Contacts include the biological parent participating in visitation, doctor appointments and school activities.

Before a child is placed in a particular home, the foster parent receives background information about the child, including any medical, physical and behavior problems that exist, as well as any mental health issues. Based on the information provided, the foster parent can make an informed decision as to whether they think a particular child would be a good match for their family.

Foster Parent Qualities?

Desire - Foster parents should possess a natural liking for children and enjoy caring for them. Foster parents should have a desire to make a difference in a child's life.

Stability - One of the biggest needs foster children have is the need for stability. Foster parents should have a stable home and personal life. Foster parents should be mature adults, happy in their own lives, who can provide children with love, security, understanding and stability. They should have the ability to remain calm in times of crisis and have a lot of patience.

Acceptance - Foster children need to be accepted, regardless of their actions or behaviors. Many foster children have suffered crises in their own home and may be resentful, bad-tempered or angry. Foster parents need to have the ability to give children affection and caring without expecting an immediate return of love and appreciation.

Availability - Fostering requires a lot of time. Responsibilities include taking children to medical appointments, therapy appointments, transportation, as well as spending quality time with them.

Cooperation - Foster parents in Door County are considered a part of a team. Their help is needed in developing plans concerning what is in the best interest of the child. Other members of the team include the biological parents, the social workers, other family members and at times, attorneys. During the first 6 - 12 months in care, the goal is to reunite children with their parents.

Family - An active commitment to fostering needs to come from all members of the family. The entire foster family needs to be willing to open their homes and their hearts to children. Foster children need to feel they are a part of the entire family.

Knowledge - Fostering requires a basic knowledge of child care skills, as well as familiarity of the stages of child development. These skills should help foster parents identify emotional, physical and behavioral indicators of abuse and neglect, as well as provide age appropriate discipline.

Training is necessary to prepare foster parents and help them to continue to develop as a foster parent.

Being a successful foster parent means continuing to learn through:


  • Classes and other training methods

  • Reading books or magazines

  • Talking with other foster parents

  • Continually developing new skills
  • Each foster parent is required to complete training in relation to their Level of Care certification. Training requirements fall into three categories:


  • Pre-placement

  • Initial licensing

  • Ongoing
  • All licensed foster parents receive a foster care payment to reimburse for the care of a foster child, called the Uniform Foster Care Rate. The foster care licensing agency will provide foster parents with a copy of a brochure explaining the Uniform Foster Care Rate, reimbursement amounts, clothing allowances, and how to appeal the foster care rate.

    See Wisconsin Foster Care FAQs: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/fostercare/faq to answer more questions you may have, or call us! Door County Health and Human Services (920) 746-7155, [email protected]


    Comments

    Are there any videos or tips anyone has for a teenager to feel wanted, loved and even worthy of her/himself? Or anything that can help me help the individual?