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Welcome to the Department of Social Services web site, serving the citizens of Oneida County, Wisconsin.

 *** Paper Tigers **** 2/9/2016

Paper Tigers will show next week on February 9th
at 6:30 at James Williams Middle School.

Paper Tigers
Rhinelander PaperTigers

The attached poster provides information about the screening of an award winning film made in the state of Washington that tells the story of students that grew up with trauma in their lives. The important part of the story is the  people in their lives that became  aware of the effect trauma has on an individual. Those individuals chose strategies to help move these students toward resiliency. Please join us.

The film is an award winner, beautiful, thought provoking and being presented free of charge.

A second evening has been scheduled for community discussion of possibilities that may exist for our community. We are hoping for strong community attendance and a rich conversation the following week.

Foster Parent Recruitment

The Oneida County Department of Social Services is seeking individuals and families interested in becoming foster parents.  Children range in age from 0-18 and may be short or long term placements.  Foster parents may work outside of the home.  Child care costs may be compensated.  After licensure, foster parent training is required and is provided at no cost. 

There is no charge for the licensing process, whiich takes approximately 4-8 weeks to complete.  Some of the requirements for licensing include housing that passes inspection requirements, fingerprinting, background checks, and positive reference letters.

Please contact Oneida County Department of Social Services at (715) 362-5695 or (888) 662-5695 with questions or to request a foster home packet.

Energy Assistance

The new fuel season for 2015-2016 will begin October 1st.  If you would like to apply, please call our office after October 1st at (715) 362-5695 and ask to speak with an Energy Assistance worker.  We can mail you an application or schedule an appointment for you.