COUNTY RESOURCES

 

BUFFALO COUNTY

Kinship Care Coordinator: Danielle Schalinske
Email: danielle.schalinske@co.buffalo.wi.us
Phone: (608) 685-6328

County Services

Kinship Care Program: Relatives become certified, and financial support is provided to assist in caring for their kin. Call 608-685-4412.

Comprehensive Community Services: For children AND adults with mental health or substance abuse histories. Services include service facilitation, community skills development and enhancement, communication and interpersonal skills training, counseling, therapy, peer support, and AODA services.

Coordinated Service Team: Coordinated Services Team (CST) is for children 0-18 years of age with behavioral health issues, particularly those with complex needs involved in two or more systems of care (mental health, long-term care, juvenile justice, child welfare, substance abuse, or special education).

 

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY

Kinship Care Coordinator: Angie Pichler
Email: angie.pichler@co.eau-claire.wi.us
Phone: (715) 839-6830

For more information about kinship care in Eau Claire county and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Eau Claire county has many additional children, youth, and family services. For more information, visit their site.

 

JACKSON COUNTY

Kinship Care Coordinator: Cassandra Pralle

Email: cassandra.pralle@co.jackson.wi.us

Phone: (715) 284-4301 ext 381

Jackson County has more kinship providers than foster providers, a reflection of prioritizing placement with relatives over strangers. Its voluntary kinship program provides support to relatives not working with the social services agency (the grandparents raising grandkids). There may be a waitlist for funding support for kinship care. For more information, visit their site.

Mental Health Resources

  • Stein Counseling: parenting and child counseling with a specialty service in trauma-focused behavioral therapy, anxiety, and depression. 

  • Peace of Mind Counseling

  • Children's Long Term Support program: community-based support and services for children up to the age of 21 who have substantial limitations in their daily activities and require support to remain in their home and/or community.

Other

  • Boys and Girls Club: child development programs including character, leadership, education and career development, health and life skills, arts, sports, fitness, and recreation.

  • Ho-Chunk Nation Youth Center: designed to educate youth and provide recreational activities that promote healthy, mature lifestyles.

  • Strengthening Families: 7 weekly, 2 hr meetings focused on parenting support with free meals and childcare provided

 

TREMPEALEAU COUNTY

Kinship Care Coordinator: Kaylene Windjue
Email: kaylene.windjue@co.trempealeau.wi.us
Phone: (715) 538-2311

In Trempealeau County, there is high demand to help children of all ages live in a safe and healthy environment while their parents get the help they need. Foster care is continually needed on a full-time, respite, and/or emergency basis.

Trempeleau Family and Children Services

  • Kinship care program: voluntary program providing financial assistance to individuals caring for a relatives’ child.

  • Community Response Program: provides vital preventative program to target and engage families who do not meet CPS guidelines but still need services, reducing risks and promoting child safety and well-being.

For more information, visit the family and children services page.

Other Services

  • Catholic Charities: support for relative caregivers through grant money and resource packages.

  • ADRC: caregiver support if family member is >55.

 

STATE BENEFITS

Financial assistance of $244 monthly stipend.

  • Dependent on available funding in the county, which can result in being placed on the waitlist. 

  • Need to pass a background check

  • Must apply for available public assistance, including food share and medical assistance 

  • Individual cases reviewed every 12 months