There are five levels of care certification in Wisconsin. Each level requires a specific number of training hours, personal qualifications and related experience. Community Care Resources is a private agency providing care certification at levels 2-5. Treatment foster care covers levels 3, 4 and 5.
The level of care certification you are licensed to provide does not necessarily match the level of need of a child placed in your home. For example, you may be certified for level 4 but you may still accept children that are at need level 2 or 3. Due to significant trauma, kids with higher needs require more services and treatment as well as patience and positive reinforcement from their foster parents. Their path to healing and growing can be more challenging thus puts them at a higher level.
CCR provides professional training so parents have developed skills to meet the higher needs of these youth.
Since 2010, CCR has utilized a trauma informed approach. All foster parents regardless of level are trained in Trauma Informed Care (TIC), which entails a specific set of assessments, applications and interventions known to be effective in helping kids to resolve deep set and/or underlying problems related to past trauma. For further details on our therapeutic services click here.
The information below is meant to give you an idea of the necessary characteristics needed at the different levels of care certification. It is not a complete list of requirements, rather a realistic portrait of what characteristics are needed to foster children who have experienced severe abuse and/or neglect.
- 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.
- Alcohol and drug abuse must be absent. No pending criminal charge or finding related to caring for 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 & 5 additional characteristics
Knowledge, skills and qualifications to effectively parent and supervise specific behavioral, emotional or physical conditions of a child.
- Knowledge of the operation of any specialized equipment and emergency backup systems for the child.
- Recognition of escalating symptoms or side effects of the child’s condition and appropriate responses needed.
- Knowledge of all 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 at all times except when in agency approved respite care. This includes school expulsions, sickness, injuries, hospitalizations.
- Demonstrate a commitment to provide care for a youth with serious treatment needs.
- Natural ability to appropriately bond with youth.