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Levels of Care Certification

Levels of Care Explained

Levels of Care Explained

There are different levels of foster care in Wisconsin. Each level requires a specific number of training hours, personal qualifications and related experience. Community Care Resources is a private foster agency providing care certification at levels 2-4. Read more about Treatment foster care

All new CCR foster parents begin their journey at a level 2.

Don't worry, we will not place a child in your home that you are not prepared or trained to care for. It takes time to learn and grow as a foster parent and that can only come from experience and training. Our hope is that our foster parents might consider moving to a level 3 after getting a few years of experience with us, however, it is not required.

The more trauma a child has, their path to healing and growing can be more challenging thus may put them at a higher level of care. We have a variety of foster families across the state of Wisconsin. Many foster parents are level 2, others are level 3 and only a few are licensed at level 4. There is no pressure to move levels!

CCR provides professional training so foster parents are prepared.

Since 2010, CCR has utilized a trauma-informed approach. All foster parents regardless of level are trained in Trauma-Informed Care. Initial and continuous training is well planned, informative, interesting, interactive, and prepares foster parents to care for kids with trauma. Quarterly trainings are held in multiple towns across the state. Foster parents enjoy meeting, sharing, and learning together.

The information below is meant to give you an idea of the characteristics needed at the different levels of care certification. Read the details of the state of Wisconsin Level of Care Certification

Level TwoImage of Children

  • Responsible, mature, exercising sound judgment with the capacity to nurture in a loving environment.
  • Appropriate understanding of child growth and development and of child abuse and neglect.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of youth who have been abused or neglected and of parents who abuse and neglect their children.
  • Ability to follow through with difficult decisions and create a calming atmosphere within the home.
  • Effective communication and demonstration of appropriate family roles, marital or otherwise.
  • Cooperate and assist with efforts to maintain relationships between foster youth and their families.
  • A history of adequately managing stress related to economic resources, employment, health, family relations or other factors.
  • Strong ability to communicate feelings, ideas, and needs.

Levels 3 & 4 Additional Characteristics

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  • Recognition of escalating symptoms or side effects of the child’s condition and appropriate responses needed.
  • Knowledge of medication services and treatments as well as knowledge of the care requirements and techniques required for the child to be placed successfully.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to effectively handle the dependency needs of the child.
  • Available to children during unplanned circumstances such as: school expulsions, sickness, injuries.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to provide care for youth with serious treatment needs.
  • Natural ability to appropriately bond with youth.

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