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Department: Social Services

Child Protective Services
Primary purposes of CPS intervention are:
  • To protect and ensure safety of children who are at risk of maltreatment.
  • To identify factors that contribute to risk of maltreatment and coordinate services that change the conditions in the family which created the risk of maltreatment.

    Juvenile Court Intake Services
    Juvenile court intake workers provide services to the court, juveniles, and families in which the juvenile has committed an act which is against the law or to children in need of protection and services. We receive referrals from law enforcement, schools, and CPS staff. An assessment is conducted on each referral and if a decision is made to hold an Intake Inquiry, the following options are available:
  • Counsel and warn
  • Deferred Prosecution Agreement
  • Informal supervision
  • Referral to the District Attorney recommending juvenile court intervention
  • Formal supervision
  • Out-of-home placement

    Juvenile Intake Services
    Juvenile intake services are provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for the purpose of screening children and juveniles taken into custody by law enforcement and not released and to assist law enforcement in investigating cases of child abuse/neglect.

    Alternate Care Placement
    Children and juveniles~ CHIPS (children in need of protection and services), JIPS (juveniles in need of protection and services), or delinquent~ may be placed in alternate care on an emergency basis (i.e., foster home, relative's home, shelter home, or secure detention facility) or by court order (i.e., foster home, relative's home, treatment foster home, group home residential treatment center, or juvenile correctional institution).

    Miscellaneous Services
  • Court-ordered step-parent adoption
  • Court-ordered custody studies
  • License foster parents
  • Information and referral
  • Community education and outreach
  • Domestic abuse referral services
  • Parent Education Program helps parents of 0-5 year olds to improve their skills
  • In-Home Detention is designed to be an alternative to out-of-home placement of juveniles who would be typically placed in non-secure or secure detention. The 30-day program operates similar to adult probation.
  • Independent Living Skills is offered to eligible juveniles in alternate care placement, age 16-18 years. Its goal is to prepare juveniles for living on their own.
  • Intensive Family Services utilizes a systems-based approach to provide brief (90 days) family therapy aimed at improving communication, skills, and developing strategies to address pre-delinquent behaviors.


Renee Krueger - Director
607 N Sales St., Suite 202
Merrill, WI 54452
Phone: 715-536-6200
Fax: 715-536-2753
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