In 2018 the federal government passed the Family First Prevention Services Act.  This legislation intent is to improve outcomes for children and families being served in the Child Welfare system. 

Family First is an opportunity for counties, tribes, the courts and legal partner to work together with an even great focus on the family.  The four priorities for Wisconsin are:

  1. To strengthen local communities + build services to support families in their homes.
  2. To keep children in family settings whenever possible.
  3. To improve our group care system.
  4. To support our workforce with solutions and improvements.

To learn more about Families First please visit the Department of Children and Families website @ https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/family-first

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Self-sufficient people living in a safe, financially secure environment.

In partnership with our community and in response to public need and legal mandates, our mission is to serve and assist Oneida County residents in ways that strengthen families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence. We recognize the rights of each individual. Our goal is to serve all persons with dignity, respect, and confidentiality.

Job Opportunities

None at this time.

Energy Assistance

The fuel season for 2022-2023 starts on October 1st.  For information on income limits and what you will need to apply, please call our office at (715) 362-5695 and ask to speak with an Energy Assistance worker to schedule an appointment.

Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources: https://energyandhousing.wi.gov

To apply online: https://energybenefit.wi.gov/OnlineApps/OnlineApp/Default

Oneida County Department of Social Services is in compliance with the equal opportunity policy and standards of the Department of Workforce Development, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Health Services and all applicable state and federal statutes and regulations relating to nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery.

Click here to view our Nondiscrimination Statement in Employment & Service Delivery.

To view our Limited English Proficiency Policy statements click here.

Your privacy is important to us, please click here  for our Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA).