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.
Foster Care Program
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.
New Group Home
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
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.
for more information.
March is National Social Worker Month
There are more than 600,000 professional social workers in the United States who have committed their lives to making a difference. March is National Social Work Month. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) sets a theme for the event each year. This year the theme is Social Work Paves the Way for Change
. Additional information can be found at NASW Social Work Month
. Social workers blend their education and experience with a strong code of ethics. Our Code of Ethics addresses: Service, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Relationships, Integrity, Competence, and Social Justice. Every social worker values these principles because they prepare us to help people with life’s challenges. Social workers help individuals, families, and groups restore or enhance their capacity for social functioning, and work to create societal conditions that support communities in need. Social workers help people solve problems, prevent crises and overcome or cope with some of life’s most difficult issues: poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability and mental illness. One group of social workers, clinical social workers, also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues. Professional social workers are found in every facet of community life—in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons, military, corporations and in numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need.
Empowered to Connect Conference
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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