Location and Office Hours

Third Floor
Pierce County Office Building
412 W. Kinne St.
PO Box 670
Ellsworth, WI 54011

General Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
(Closed Holidays)

Phone: 715.273.6766 or 715.273.6770
Fax: 715.273.6862

Staff Contacts

Ron Schmidt - EXT 6777

Children, Youth & Families Program Manager
Joy Lynn George - EXT 6772
Jennelle Wolf - EXT 6778

Mental Health & AODA Program Manager
Ron Kiesler - EXT 6642

Economic Support Manager
Christina Tuenge - EXT 6795

Child Support Manager
Luann Berger - EXT 6625

ADRC Manager
Heather Conway - EXT 6593






Human Services


Be a part of Pierce County’s Family-Share/Foster-Care Program

Pierce County Department of Human Services’ Family-Share/Foster Care Program is looking for families interested in providing care for both children and adults. Listed below are different programs in which we could use your assistance.

SHELTER CARE: Shelter Care is primarily used for emergencies. It is used as a short-term placement for 1 to 14 days. Shelter Care providers may be called any time of the day or night with requests from a social worker to provide immediate short-term care for a child of any age who has been found to be at risk.

RESPITE CARE: Respite Care is primarily used as a "time-out" 
kids period for either foster families providing ongoing care for a child and/or for natural parents whose child(ren) may be at risk. Respite Care is generally used on a non-emergency basis. The social worker coordinates a respite time with the respite care provider and the person using the service. Respite care is generally one of the many services built into a case plan.


FOSTER-CARE-CHILD: Foster Care is primarily used for extended placements. Children placed in foster care are found in need of protection and/or services by the court and/or the natural parents have signed a voluntary placement agreement and they are willing to work with Human Services through a case plan, which is established. The social worker works with the foster care coordinator to match the child to a foster family. A pre-placement is done in an attempt to assure appropriateness of the placement. The foster parents work closely with the social worker, natural parent(s), and other service providers in establishing/reviewing a case plan for the child in care.


ADULT FOSTER CARE/RESPITE CARE: This is care for adults who need varying degrees of assistance with managing their daily affairs and activities. Placement of adults is informal and usually does not involve our court parentssystem. These are two groups of persons who are placed in adult sponsor homes. The developmentally disabled (DD) and the frail elderly. The social worker works with the foster care coordinator to match the adult to the appropriate foster family. The foster parents work as a team with the social worker, family members of the person placed, and other service providers in establishing/reviewing a case plan for the person in care.

Click here to learn more:   Foster Care Licensing Rules

Please contact Pierce County Department of Human Services if you are interested in becoming a part of our Faimly Share/Foster-Care Program: 


Erin Baskin
Foster Care Coordinator
715-273-6766 ext. 6609