What is Treatment Level Foster Care?
Treatment Level requires additional care and/or supervision of a child. Community Care Resources places children that are at levels 2, 3 and 4. The higher the number the higher their needs or amount of time and support needed to care for the child(ren), based on behaviors, trauma, and the severity of abuse and or neglect. Sibling groups are also considered Treatment Level.
All of our parents start at Level 2 for the first two years. 30 training hours during the first two years, prepares you to welcome level 3 children into your home. The additional training focuses on Trauma Informed Care, which is essential to care for children who have experienced significant trauma in their short lives.
Respite Care gives foster parents and children the opportunity to have short breaks. An afternoon, a weekend away or a family emergency are all reasons to call a respite care provider. Choosing to be a Respite provider to Foster Parents is a great way to help.
Specialized Group Care (SGC), is a three or four-bed hybrid model of foster care that incorporates Treatment and Group Home Care serving a specific population of youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues. This higher level is a specialty that some parents choose to pursue. Read More
Read more about how we support our foster parents
What if I work full time?
Couples with alternating work schedules, flexible work at home positions, teachers, school employees, a stay at home parent…these are all good scenarios for treatment level kids because one parent has the ability to be available. It’s ok if you both work, but flexibility is necessary. Daycare options can be explored.
Single foster parents need some flexibility with a work schedule. Daycare options can be explored if you work.
If you don’t have the flexibility needed to be a full-time foster parent, we encourage you to consider becoming a respite care provider. Our foster parents and the kids in care often need a break. You will develop great relationships with the kids. It’s a wonderful service and the foster children look forward to a day or evening of change and fun.
Single. Married. Same Sex. Does it Matter?
CCR welcomes everyone to explore the rewards of fostering. All couples in stable, healthy relationships are encouraged to consider fostering as well as single adults with flexible schedules. If you are married, in a committed relationship, divorced, LGBT, dating or engaged, we would love to speak with you. Having one adult present in the home is the most important factor.
How long does training and licensing take?
Obtaining a foster care license usually takes 3-4 months. After an initial phone conversation, we will visit with you in your home and begin paperwork and background checks. 36 hours of training, several home visits and lots of paperwork are requirements during the process.
For more information on how to get started and to understand the process, click here
We hold training sessions 4-5 times a year. Check our calendar here
What are the basic requirements?
- Resident of Wisconsin
- 25 years or older (CCR will consider 21+ if a spouse is 25 or over)
- Sufficient income for the needs of your current family
- A parent/adult available at all times (see “What if I work full time” above for more details)
- Bed and adequate space and storage for personal belongings
- Background check including the release of convictions, restraining orders, domestic violence and any records held by the Department of Human Services.
If you meet these basic requirements, let’s talk. Call 800-799-0450 or Contact Us
Can I adopt through foster care?
Yes. Most often, the goal is to return foster children to their biological family. In the event that parental rights are terminated, a child(ren) may become available for adoption. We have had numerous children adopted by their foster parents!
Who are the foster children?
Treatment level kids often require additional services and/or the foster parents require additional support services. Most children have been victims of repeated abuse and/or prolonged neglect and have not experienced a nurturing, stable environment. Ranging in age from infant to 21, they often have physical, developmental and mental health challenges and have suffered emotional stress.
Sibling groups are very common at the treatment level. Counties have difficulty finding a foster home that will accept a sibling group, so many are separated and living apart. They depend on agencies like ours where many foster parents accept siblings.
How long can I expect foster youth to live with me?
The average time most children spend in a CCR licensed foster home is about 2 years. We do not place children in temporary or short-term foster homes.
Are foster parents paid?
Foster parents receive a foster care stipend designed to cover all costs associated with the care of a child. The Uniform Foster Care Rate is based on a child’s age, level of care and required services. Rates vary and there is not a “typical” amount. Our staff works with the child’s originating county to secure the best rate possible.
Who pays for medical, dental and optical costs?
All youth are issued a Medical Assistance card at the time of placement. Foster parents are not responsible for any medical expenses or prescription drugs.
Will I have to interact with the biological family?
Foster parents are part of a team. Transporting your foster child(ren) to and from visits with their biological parents is part of the “teamwork”. The goal is often to return the child home, so it is important that foster parents participate in the reunification process. Often times, foster parents and biological families keep in touch after a child has returned home.