Foster Home Level of Care Certification
All foster home licenses are issued for up to two years at a time. The Outagamie and Calumet County Foster Care program routinely issues Level 1 and Level 2 foster care licenses and does not issue level 3 or level 4 licenses. The following is a brief summary to highlight the differences between the various levels of licensure.
Please refer to DCF 56.13 https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/loc for all of the details related to the various levels of care.
Level 1 – Child Specific Foster Home (Sometimes referred to as Kinship Care or Like-Kin Care)
A child specific license is issued to a relative of a child or to an individual who has a previous existing relationship with the child or the child’s family. Training requirements are a minimum of 6 hours of pre-placement training under DCF 56.14 (6) before or after the child is placed in the home. This must be completed within 6 months of the date the license is issued. A relative or like-kin child may be placed before pre-placement training is complete yet the necessary training is still referred to as pre-placement training.
Level 2- Basic Foster Home
A basic foster home license is issued to individuals who want to provide foster care to children with whom they may not have a previous relationship. Training requirements are a minimum of 6 hours of pre-placement training under DCF 56.14 (6) before or after initial licensure but prior to the placement of a foster child in the home. Within the first two years of licensure as a Level 2 foster home, foster parents must complete 30 hours of initial licensing training under DCF 56.14 (7) (also called Foundation Training). Each foster parent who operates a Level 2 foster home shall complete 10 hours of ongoing training under DCF 56.14 (8) in each 12-month period of licensure subsequent to the initial licensing period.
Level 3 – Moderate Treatment Foster Home
An applicant for a level 3 license must have more education caring for foster children. See DCF 56.13 (5) for more details. The training requirements are a minimum of 36 hours of pre-placement training under DCF 56.14 (6d) before or after the initial licensure but prior to the placement of any child in the home. During the initial licensing period as a Level 3 foster home, foster parents shall complete a minimum of 24 hours of initial licensing training under DCF 56.14 (7e) and shall complete 18 hours of ongoing training under DCF 56.14 (8) in each 12 month period subsequent to the initial licensing period.
Level 4 Specialized Treatment Foster Home
An applicant for a level 4 license must have even more education and experience caring for foster children. See DCF 56.13 (6) for more details. The training requirements are a minimum of 40 hours of pre-placement training under DCF 56.14(6h) before or after initial licensure but prior to the placement of any child in the home. During the initial licensing period as a Level 4 foster home, foster parents shall complete a minimum of 30 hours of initial licensing training under DCF 56.14 (7e), during the initial licensing period and shall complete 24 hours of ongoing training under DCF 56.14 (8) in each 12 months period of licensure subsequent to the initial licensing period.
Level 5 Exceptional Treatment Foster Home
This is a shift-staffed home where children who are placed, have behaviors or conditions that require a high degree of supervision and overnight awake care that is provided by staff that rotates shifts within a 24 hour period.
Respite Care Provider Certification Requirements
Providers must be at least age 18 and at least five years older than the child for whom the respite is being requested.
Providers must provide consent for local and state criminal record checks for any adult in the home or any adult that will be having regular unsupervised contact with the child. Also reviewed are any child protection contacts, mental health and AODA (alcohol or other drug abuse) records for the provider or member of the provider’s immediate family.
Providers must return any necessary paperwork with signature.
Providers must verify necessary vehicle insurance coverage and if the respite care will occur in the provider’s home, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance verification is necessary.
Providers will meet with an agency respite care coordinator between two to six times prior to certification and providers are recertified on bi-annual basis.
The provider will meet the requirements on the respite home checklist.
The provider will obtain appropriate training related to the area of respite care in which the provider is interested, i.e. developmental disabilities, mental health, youth services and/or child protection.
The provider will demonstrate knowledge and skill in the desired respite care areas.
The provider will understand the reporting requirements related to child abuse and neglect
The provide will demonstrate an ability to accept responsibility, work independently, exercise good judgment, maintain confidentiality and manage the varied medical, behavioral and care needs of children in respite care. Giving false information or withholding information shall constitute grounds for denial or revocation of the certification.
Respite Care Certification
The respite care program is a rewarding, challenging part-time job. Respite care provides support to families in need. Respite care providers care for children and /or adolescents between the ages of 0-18.
The child/adolescent or a member of the family may have mental health issues, developmental disabilities, delinquency, or child abuse or neglect concerns. Respite care often helps to prevent out-of-home placements for these families.
Respite care provides an opportunity to help others while working a flexible schedule in the provider’s home or in the child’s home. Respite care payment varies with the level-of-care or behavioral challenges of the child.
Emergency Resource Homes
The Outagamie/Calumet County Foster Care Program currently includes three or four Emergency Resource Homes (ER Homes), which are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, to accept children who are in need of safe homes.
The ER Homes rotate their schedules to allow a home always available for Outagamie and Calumet Counties children that come into care through emergency-type circumstances.
Some important facts about ER Homes:
- One adult who would be able to stay home during the day or who has a flexible work schedule.
- ER Homes must have at least 2 beds designated for emergencies in order to be considered a resource. They will care for no more than 4 foster children (6 to keep siblings together).
-Placements in an ER home will not exceed 60 days unless all parties agree that continued placement is in the child’s best interest.
-When on-call, ER Homes must accept placement unless safety concerns are identified.
-ER Homes are required to drive children to school even if the child attends a school in a different district.
-ER Homes receive a placement rate prorated by the number of days a child is placed in their care. They also receive on-call pay.
If interested in learning more about becoming an ER home, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 832-5161.
If interested in learning more about becoming a Respite Receiving Home, contact: email@example.com or (920) 832-5161.