Children First

Children First is an employment and training program for Non-Custodial Parents (NCPs) who have a court-ordered support obligation. The goal of Children First is to help customers gain and retain employment while strengthening their relationship with their children.

 

CW Solutions, through a sub-contract, provides Children First services in Portage and Wood counties.

 

Case Manager:  Theresa Gasch

                           (715) 421 - 8617

                                      tgasch@co.wood.wi.us

 

Supervisor:       Thomas Prete

                           (608) 732 - 3888

                                     prete@changewithin.net 

Locations

Wood County Locations

 

Wisconsin Rapids: Wood County Human Services Department

                                 River Block Building

                                 111 W Jackson St, 2nd Floor

                                 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495

 

                   Hours:   8:00am - 4:30pm

                                Tuesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday       

 

 

Marshfield:              Wood County Human Services Department

                                 City Hall Plaza

                                 630 S. Central Ave.

         Marshfield, WI 54449

 

                   Hours:   8:00am - 4:30pm

                                 Every other Friday     

 

Portage County Location

 

Stevens Point:        Portage County Health & Human Services

                                 Ruth Gilfry Building

                                 817 Whiting Ave

                                 Stevens Point, WI 54481

 

                   Hours:   8:00am - 4:30pm

                                 Mondays and Wednesdays               

 

Program Activities

Children First has the following activities available to help NCPs achieve their goals and comply with their court order.

 

 Employment Search Job Readiness Activities

     Resume Development

     Application/Online Application skills

     Targeted job leads

     Budgeting Classes

     Computer Basics

     Job Readiness Activities

     Parenting Classes 

 

 Education and Training Work Experience

      Adult Basic Education

      Driver's Education

      English as a Second Language

      GED or HSED

      Job Skills Training

      Literacy Skills

 

      Unpaid Work Experience

      Working full or part-time

  

Program Requirements

Children First participants are first and foremost subject to the specific requirements in his/her court order.  In order for a participant to satisfy Children First program requirements, s/he must complete one of the following within 12 months of enrollment:

  1. Make three consecutive monthly child support payments for the court-ordered amount (partial payments do not count);  -or-
  2. Successfully and fully complete all assigned activities for 16 weeks in the Children First program.

If you do not complete all of your assigned activities for a given week (even if there is good cause), it cannot count as a completed week towards the 16 weeks of program engagement. 

Support Services

 

The Children First program has limited funding to assist participants with their activities.  A participant is eligible for up to $25 in transportation reimbursement (either gas cards or taxi tickets) per month. We work closely with community resources to help with other needs.

 

Children First participants who are receiving FoodShare assistance can co-enroll in the FoodShare Employment & Training (FSET) program which has significantly more resources to help with support services including additional transportation reimbursement assistance, interview clothing, uniforms and other job-related needs.

Address: Wood County Human Services - River Block

111 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54495  

Phone: +1 (715) 421-8608 8

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