Children / Family Services

Childcaring : A group of organizations and professionals across Central Wisconsin that connect users to early education and child care resources and referrals. Two office locations.
(800) 628-8534

  • Wisconsin Rapids Location
    1107 W Grand Ave
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495
    (715) 423-4114
  • Wausau Location
    1500 Merrill Ave, Suite 201
    Wausau, WI 54401
    (715) 301-1800

Free/Low Cost School Meals: Children may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, both breakfast and lunch. Availability is based on family income. Information and applications can be provided by your local school.

Marquette County – Children and Family Services: Offers information on Foster and Kinship care. Child Abuse/ Neglect Cases. The Community Response Program, Childcare Information, and the Women, Juvenile justice services, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Also runs the Children’s Long-Term Support Services: Birth to 3, Family Support Program, and the Children’s Long-Term Support Waivers.

  • Birth to 3 Program: For children ages birth to three years old. Eligibility is based on a diagnosed disability or significant developmental delay in how a child plays, learns, speaks, and acts. The program values the family’s primary relationship with their child and works in partnership with the family
  • Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver: Provides services for children and young adults under the age of 22 with significant developmental, physical, or emotional disabilities. Supports and services are available to help waiver participants and their families to remain in their home or community.
  • Family Support Program: Provides individual services and supports to families that include a child with severe disability. The program recognizes that meeting the needs of children who have severe disabilities may place hardships on family’s emotional, physical, and financial resources.
  • Katie Beckett Program: For children under 19 years old with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs. Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because their parents’ income or assets are too high may be eligible for Medicaid.
  • Community Response Program: Partners with families to reach goals regarding parenting skills, finding housing, and connecting families with community resources.
  • Juvenile justice services:

428 Underwood Ave
PO BOX 405
Montello, WI 53949
(608) 297-3124

Marquette County University of Wisconsin – Extension: The teach, learn, lead and serve, by connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities. Services offered include: Tax assistance, parent workshops, babysitting certification, soil and water testing, 4-H project guide, family resource directory, parent pact guide, and the Marquette County Barn Quilt program.

480 Underwood Ave
PO BOX 338
Montello, WI 53949
(608) 297-3141

Poison Control :  1-800-962-1253

Pregnancy Services: Offers free pregnancy testing, adoption information and referrals, maternity and baby clothing, counseling and pregnancy education, baby furniture, diapers, wipes, lotion.
311 East Wisconsin Ave
Suite 202
Portage, WI 53901
(800) 705-4710

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program: Offered through the Marquette County Health Department. WIC is a supplemental nutrition program designed to promote and maintain the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children.
428 Underwood Ave
PO BOX 405
Montello, WI 53949
(608) 297-3135