Dane Abuse Intervention Services
They can provide emergency shelter, referral to other programs/ services, locally or across the state.
(608) 261-KIDS (5437) (Dane County) After hours –(608) 255-6067
If there is suspicion of child abuse/ neglect; you can report to the county child protection services, and they will investigate. In other counties you can report to child protection through the county social services agency. If there is not an after hours number, refer to local police or sheriff’s office. *In Illinois, call Child and Family services through the hotline. (Any county) The 24-hour number is – (217) 785-4020.
Center for women and children
ARC provides women-specific AODA treatment, childcare available. Prevention/ intervention programs for children
Adolescent AODA Program assessment, indiv./grp. counseling
Adolescent AODA assessment and referral
Badgercare/ Medical Assistance
Badgercare is Healthcare coverage (MA) for children under 19, and to the parents that they live with. Must be a resident of Wisconsin, Must be a citizen. There are income guidelines – if over limits, there is a spend-down.
Birth to Three
Dane Co. Connections (Dane Co., outside of Madison)
Bridges for Families (Madison School District)
Other counties – callWI First step for contact info. 1-800-642-7837
Birth to three provides developmental and other supportive services to children age 0-3. It is for children who are developmentally delayed - Coordinates developmental, physical and social services. The areas of development are: cognitive, physical, communication, social and emotional, and adaptive development.
19 locations in Madison and Middleton; provides supervision before and after school, school breaks and summer programs available. Grades K-5.
(608) 271-9181/ or 1-800-750-kids
They provide referrals to childcare programs, offers help in choosing quality care. Helps educate about financing for childcare.
Extended Daycare Program (United Cerebral Palsy)
Helps parents who have children with developmental disabilities find community child care
Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN)
Southern Regional CSHCN Center
(608) 265-8610/ 1-800-532-3321
Maternal and Child Health Hotline
1-800-722-2295 (Can provide #’s for other counties)
CSHCN provides information on your child’s special needs, connects parents and provides support, connection to available services
Dane County Clothing Center
(608) 246-4730 ext. 225
1717 N. Stoughton rd.
Hours are: Tues-Fri 10am-3:00pm. Second Wed./mo. 10am-5:30pm. One visit per month is free – more visits - $1.00/ bag. Bring Social security cards.
Sharing Center – Pregnancy Help Line
Free maternity and baby clothes
Community Options Program
Dane County Human services
(608) 261-9900. *Other counties, call your local Human Services office.
The COP program is a state funded, county run program. It is a long-term support program for those who are elderly or disabled, the purpose being to provide services and prevent institutionalization. They can help fund needed services and supports otherwise not covered. There are financial limitations in qualification. There is currently a long wait list.
Catholic Social Services
individual/ family and adoption counseling, sliding fee scale
Lutheran Social Services
individual/ family/group and adoption counseling, sliding fee scale
individual/family/group counseling – sliding fee scale
Family Support Program
Dane County – Heidi Rossiter – (608) 221-4611
*Other counties– callWI First Step for contact info. – 1-800-642-7837.
The Family Support program provides individual supports and services to families with severely handicapped children. A family support worker coordinates these services. Provides respite funding. Links families to support. Long waiting list – but has some funds for emergency respite.
Pay $15.75, volunteer 2 hr/mo. and receive $35 worth of groceries.
Food Fair at CAC
(608) 246-4730 ext.209
Pre-pay $15 in cash or food stamps and get 25-35 lbs. of fresh food once/mo.
(608) 246-4357 (First Call for help)
Minimal cost for basic foods
Health Benefits Counseling
ABC For Health
ABC for Health is a free service offering information and problem solving for families having difficulty paying for healthcare, or having problems with current provider. Madison – 152 West Johnson – Suite 206, Madison, WI
(They can give you numbers for other counties as well)
Head Start is a federally funded program, serving children age 3-5 years old. It is designed to promote the growth and development of children in areas of health, education, nutrition, parent involvement, and family services. There are income guidelines.
Hotlines re: Resources/ Support
First Call for Help
Resources for individuals, families in need
Information for families who have a special needs child
Wisconsin Maternal Child Health Hotline
Provides a listing of services for women, children and families in regard to health, nutrition, special needs, advocacy, finances
Emergency Mental Health/Youth Crisis Services
24 hour assistance for suicide prevention, crisis help, support/ referral service
Community Action Coalition
Provides housing counseling, security deposit grants
Dane County Housing Authority
Section 8 (low-income) housing Salvation Army, (608) 256-2321
Homeless shelter for families, women and children, and assistance in finding housing
South Central Region (Colombia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock) Becky Burns/ Michelle Schumacker – (608) 265-4102
Other counties – call Gay Frappier – (608) 266-3236 for contact info.
*Katie Beckett is a special eligibility process that allows certain children with long-term disabilities, living at home, to get a Medicaid card. It has different allowances for income/assets than county programs for MA – (more generous) The purpose of the program is to keep kids out of institutions when possible – and support families.
Can apply on phone – 1-800-772-1213 or at local Social Security office. (In Madison – 6011 Odana Rd. Madison, WI 53719) (608) 270-1141 *If not from Dane Co. – call 800 number for office in that area.
An SSI / Disability determination can provide monthly supplemental payments, and qualify you for a medical assistance card. The disability needs to result in “marked and severe functional limitations” – lasting for at least 12 mos. – or resulting in death. There are income guidelines. *In Illinois – the process is different. You apply for disability/ SSI payments through your social security office, and then apply for an MA card through local medicaid office
This is a website designed for parents of children with disabilities; has a parent-to-parent program, and many related links/information
MUMS (mothers united for moral support)
This is a national parent to parent network; a support and matching organization for families of children with rare disorders or special needs
Agrace Hospice (Formerly Hospice Care Inc.) – Bereavement Support for Children/Parents
Support group for kids age 5-12 who have experienced a death. Groups are held in 8 wk. Sessions – parents group held at the same time.
The Exchange Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Parenting Support Programs
- Welcome Baby – for first time parents – provides a staff parent support worker with childcare experience – who will foster bond between parent/ child
- Parenting Partnerships - offers parents of preschool children a supportive relationship with a volunteer, who can relate to the struggles of parenting. They provide weekly visit and call.
- Parents and Children together – services can include: finding advocating and coordinating services, providing emotional support, providing training and education, crisis intervention
Parent and Infant Early Childhood Clinic
For infants/children exhibiting concerning behavior, for parents experiencing psychosocial issues, attachment problems. Assessment and evaluation, parent/child therapy, play therapy, family therapy, access to parental resource center.
Parental Stress Center
24 hr, stress line, Parents anonymous support group. Also has OASIS– self-help support group for individuals/families who have experienced sexual abuse
Community Ties (Training, Intervention and Evaluation Series)
Provides community training and consultation relevant to children and adults who have developmental disabilities and present behavioral challenges
Teen Parenting Program
Provides teen parents with resources to overcome barriers to achievement – works with Madison metropolitan school district
Women Infant and Children Dane Co.
Maternal and Child Health Hotline
1-800-722-2295 (Can provide #’s for other counties)
Provides supplemental nutritional foods, education, and healthcare referrals for pregnant and breast feeding women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age 5.
Dane Co. Job Center
Provides limited term financial assistance and job training
Provides childcare assistance for working parents
Can provide payments for mom to stay home w/child during first 12 wks. after birth, possibly longer if there are special healthcare needs.
They can provide food stamps
They can help look for resources – children’s services network
They can help parents attend and complete school
Programs Specific to Children’s Hospital
(608) 265-7000 Pager ID #5225.
Our Child Life Dept. offers free childcare to siblings of patients – ages 2-8. Hours are : Monday- Friday 9:30- 12:00, 1;00- 5:30. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Children must be dropped off and picked up by family. They should come with a full change of clothes when possible.
Meal Program –*Children’s Hospital does not have meal tickets!!
We have 2 family lounges with refrigerators and microwaves. We keep bread, bagels, soup, juice, milk, yogurt stocked. We also have community donors who often provide free meals/ food. (Pizza, bagels, etc.) We also can utilize the kitchen at Ronald McDonald house whether or not family stays there.
Ronald McDonald House
Patient Housing (608) 263-0315
Pediatric Social Worker (608) 262-8398 | (608) 263-6426
Ronald McDonald House (608) 232-4660
For families who don’t live close to UW hospital – and who want to be close while their child is hospitalized. The initial referral needs to come from social work or patient and family services, families can self-register after that. There is a playroom for siblings, laundry facilities, and a van service. There is a fully stocked kitchen, computer access and a library. There is a $10 nightly charge – this can be waived if it poses a financial hardship for family. Check in is between 9am–8pm, seven days/week. Checkout is at noon.