Children & Family Services

Health & Human Services

Children & Family Services
108 E North Street
Friendship, WI 53934
Phone (608)339-4505

To report Child Abuse/Neglect Call 608-339-4505
Foster Care:
Every day foster families in Wisconsin make an incredible difference for children living in foster care by providing safe and caring homes for children. Family foster care and treatment foster care are designed to be temporary placements for children when their parents cannot care for them. Over 5,100 foster homes across the state care for almost 8,000 foster children each year. There is an ongoing need for foster parents, especially those who can care for sibling groups, teenagers and children with disabilities. To become a foster parent or get more information, call 608-339-4505 and ask to speak to the foster care worker, Tina Smith or email her at
Kinship care is a program designed to help support a child who resides outside of his or her own home, either temporarily or for the long term, with a relative (such as an adult brother or sister, a first cousin, a nephew or niece, an uncle or aunt or a grandparent, among others). Please contact Tina Smith for more information at 608-339-4505 or email
Community Response Program:
The Community Response Program works in partnership with families to reach identified goals such as learning new parenting skills and finding housing and other community resources. It is a preventative approach to help families with everyday stressors by providing assistance or by connecting families with resources in the community. The Community Response Program is funded by the Children’s Trust Fund. Call 608-697-7854 for more information about this program.
Youth Justice Services:
Youth Justice Services serves as the entry point for youth referred to this agency for delinquent and status offenses, most often by law enforcement and schools. Intake workers screen cases for jurisdiction; complete assessments; make recommendations to the court and monitor Deferred Prosecution Agreements and court orders. Families can be referred for counseling services, parenting classes, mentoring services and community service projects. For more information please call 608-339-4505.

Manager Contacts





Kelly Oleson  Director  Click Here  (608)339-4323
Donna Richards  ADRC Manager  Click Here  (608)339-4251
Kay Saarinen-Barr  Behavioral Health Manager  Click Here  (608)339-4389
Cindi Flynn  Economic Support Manager  Click Here  (608)339-4364
Wendy L. Pierce  Fiscal Services Manager  Click Here  (608)339-4333
Leah Eckstein  Public Health Officer  Click Here  (608)339-4376
Diane Osborn  Coordinated Services Manager  Click Here  (608)339-4334
Erin Schiferl  Children & Family Services Manager  Click Here  (608)339-4356
Ruth Horndasch  Support Services Coordinator  Click Here  (608)339-4308
Sherrie Manning  Practical Cents Thrift Store Manager  Click Here  (608)339-2278