Merrill Office-Children's Wisconsin

Merrill office location

Family Support Program
This is a contracted service focusing on providing parents and caregivers with knowledge of parenting skills and family well-being along with other individualized needs and goals determined by the family. The Family Interaction Program is a component of the Family Support Program which offers a safe environment for visits between children who are placed in Out-of-Home Care and their families. The visitation setting offers an opportunity to practice and increase parent's skills while staff provide parent education on how to effectively meet the needs of their children.

Healthy Families Wisconsin - Northwoods

Healthy Families Northwoods
A voluntary and free program whose mission is to provide support for expecting parents. This program can continue its support to the parent through the infancy, toddler and young child stages. Our staff provide personalized home visits where they share parenting and child development information, supply the family with activity ideas which promotes child development and a strong parent child attachment along with connecting the family to community resources. If interested in the program, complete the referral form.

Family Resource Center
Our programming provides an opportunity for parents to learn to be the best possible parents they can be. Parents can connect with resources, access programs, and enjoy family activities with their children at no cost. Programming includes parenting classes, parent information sessions on topics that are valuable to parents and parent-child interaction activities such as Play and Learn along with Wiggle, Giggle and Shake, a music and movement program. Programming is developed on an ongoing basis in response to community needs and requests. 

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Our services


At our Merrill Community Services location, we offer:

  • Lincoln County Family Resource Center
  • Home visiting

Lincoln County Family Resource Center

Family with their two kids outside on a walk

Lincoln County Family Resource Center is a place for parents and other caregivers to learn to be the best possible parents they can be. It provides a caring and nurturing environment where parents and other caregivers can connect with resources, access information, participate in parenting programs and enjoy family activities with their children at no cost. Our staff believes there is no single right way to parent and all families can benefit from parenting information and support.

Come to the center to:

  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Learn what to expect as your children grow
  • Learn about early childhood brain development
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with your children
  • Learn positive discipline techniques that get the results you want
  • Develop stress management skills

Lincoln County Family Resource Center invites you to learn more about the free educational programs and fun activities available to families living in our community. From parenting advice to playgroups for moms, dads and kids, we are here to provide you with tools to help your family succeed. All families are welcome to participate in our free programs. Registration is required for some programs.

  Merrill Area United Way

Office hours

  • Monday through Friday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Additional hours by appointment
  • Play and Learn, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wiggle Giggle Shake, Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at T.B. Scott Free Library 106 1st Street; Merrill WI 54452
  • Parenting classes, call (715) 539-9228 for details