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Specialized Foster Care

In Wood County we currently have two specialized foster care homes. Specialized foster care homes are intended to provide a higher level of care than a general foster home. Specialized foster parents are generally very experienced foster parents and are willing and able to manage children or youth who are struggling in various ways. The youth placed in specialized foster care homes may struggle with a variety of issues, including, but not limited to: mental health issues, alcohol or drug addictions, significant trauma history, truancy or chronic parent/child conflict. One parent in the home is required to be a stay at home parent. Additionally, a social worker is specifically assigned to this home to provide extra support to the foster parent and the child in care.

Placement in specialized foster care is intended to prevent placements such as treatment foster care, group home or residential care.

For more information, contact Kari Rhinehart, Specialized Foster Care Worker, at 715-421-8600.

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