Empowering Individuals by Offering Opportunities

Our mission, in partnership with the community, is to provide quality, cost effective and accessible human services that maximize the potential of individuals and families.

What's New

Foster Care Program
Posted 3/19/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Foster Care program is looking for individuals or families who are willing to be a Receiving Home for children who are placed in Foster Care.

A receiving home is a general licensed foster home that signs a contract agreeing to be available 24/7 on an on-call basis to receive emergency placements of children and youth.

Placements are generally short term (1-30 days).

Monthly stipend and additional monthly reimbursement is provided for actual placements.

If you have an interest in learning more, please contact Jean Rader at 715-421-8643 or Grace Bauer at 715-389-0238. 

Or click on the link to direct you to the Wood County Human Services Foster Care web page.


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New Group Home
Posted 3/5/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department (WCHSD), in collaboration with Positive Alternatives, Inc., is scheduled to open an 8-bed resident group home in March 2015. 
The group home will be used only for Wood County adolescents aged 13 – 17. Six beds will be available for traditional long term placements with the other two for brief respite or crisis diversion placements. This group home will allow youth the opportunity to stabilize their behavior or address mental health issues in a structured and safe setting. The home will be staffed with awake staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Youth will remain in their home school district and will be provided the opportunity to participate in individual, group and family therapy services in their home community. Group therapy services facilitated by the group home staff will address issues related, but not limited to, anger management, healthy choices, interpersonal relationships, independent living skills, AODA issues, and social skill development. Goals of this collaborative effort between the WCHSD and Positive Alternative, Inc. include: minimizing the traumatic impact of placing youth outside their family home; reducing the length of out-of-home placements; and ensuring youth remain connected with their families, their schools and their community; and promote return to the youth’s home and family as quickly as possible.
Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide
Posted 3/4/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
5th Annual Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide Conference
Wednesday April 29, 2015
Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center Stevens Point, WI
7:30 am – 4:30 pm

A conference for School Professionals, Emergency Services, Law Enforcement,Mental Health Professionals, AODA Professionals, Veteran Groups, Clergy,Healthcare Providers, Community Coalitions – Existing and Starting, and Anyone Interested in Suicide Prevention on the Local and State Level.

Click here for more information.
Empowered to Connect Conference
Posted 2/24/2015 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Empowered To Connect together with Show Hope hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day conference designed to help pre or post-adoptive families, foster parents and professionals better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal.

This program is being offered on April 10-11, 2015. The live event will be held in San Antonio, Texas, but it will be broadcast at Immanuel Lutheran School in Wisconsin Rapids, sponsored by Catholic Charities Post Adoption Resource Center. The conference is scheduled from 9am-5pm on both Friday and Saturday.  

Registration is $15/individual or $25/couple (includes materials). Contact Jen Wilhorn 715.323.0623 or jwihorn@gmail.com.

The 2015 Empowered to Connect conferences have been approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886649357-2610) for 11 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

*PLEASE BE ADVISED: CE credits are for licensed professionals only and are not the same as adoptive/foster training credits.

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Did You Know?

Upcoming training opportunity for foster and adoptive parents on the topic of: Mindful Crisis De-escalation. This training will occur on Wednesday, March 25th 6p – 8p. This training will be offered via a webinar option or in person; at the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families in Milwaukee. For more information, go to cyfcrisis.eventbrite.com.

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Free Workshop for Parents, Therapists & Educators. The MeMoves Workshop will be held Tuesday April 7th at New Hope Church in Wausau from 6-8pm. For more information and to register, go to www.thinkingmoves.com.

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