The Family Support Program provides individual services and supports to families that include a child with severe disabilities. The program recognizes that meeting the needs of children who have severe disabilities may place hardships on a family's emotional, physical, and financial resources.

Who is eligible?

Families are eligible for services if they have a child with severe disability who is under the age of 18 and living at home. A severe disability is a physical, mental, or emotional limitation that seriously restricts the child's ability to carry out basic daily living activities such as self-care, learning, communication, mobility, and self-direction.

Although family income is not a basis for eligibility, cost sharing may be required on a sliding fee scale.

How does the program work?

Families apply for services through the Eau Claire County Family Support Program. The application process includes an eligibility determination and a needs assessment. Information is gathered from a variety of sources that may include interviews with the family, educational records, and medical history.

Once eligibility has been determined, the Family Support Coordinator schedules a home visit with the family. Together the family and coordinator develop a service plan that addresses the family's unique situation, identifying support needs, and setting priorities.

In addition, the Family Support Coordinator may help families learn about and use services in Eau Claire County, help coordinate services, and advocate on behalf of the child and family.

Our program offers:

  • Information and help in finding service programs and maximizing community resources.
  • Limited funding to buy needed services and goods that can't be bought through other sources.
  • Help in linking families with other families to strengthen natural supports.

 

Family Support Program Resource Directory

For more information about our Family Support Program, please contact the Department of Human Services at (715) 839-1507.

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