There are five 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 CCR foster parents begin their journey at a level 2.
Our hope is that with additional training our foster parents will consider moving to a level 3 after 2 years of fostering with us. 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 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.
CCR provides professional training so parents have developed skills to meet the higher needs of kids in their care.
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.
The information below is meant to give you an idea of the characteristics needed at the different levels of care certification. It is not a complete list of requirements to be a foster parent.
- 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 additional characteristics
- 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 to foster children. This includes school expulsions, sickness, injuries, hospitalizations.
- Demonstrate a commitment to provide care for youth with serious treatment needs.
- Natural ability to appropriately bond with youth.