MINOCQUA - In the Northwoods it can be hard to find help for special needs children. But in April especially, families affected by autism shouldn't feel alone. April is World Autism Awareness Month.
In Minocqua families can find a helpful retreat. On Sunday April 28th, Wisconsin Family Ties will host a family fun day at the Waters of Minocqua.
Caregivers and children with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges can come for workshops, and a chance to network.
"I think it's especially needed up here in the Northwoods because there are not many events like this for families who have kids with emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorders or autism," said Jackie Baldwin, a Wisconsin Family Ties Parent Peer Specialist.
Baldwin specializes in bringing families together with the resources they need. She knows an early diagnosis and proper support can help a lot.
"When you know what you're dealing with, and you know what the outcomes can be, and you know how to help your child, what better way?" she says.
Workshops will focus on trauma-free crisis intervention, tools for caregivers, and transitioning special needs children into adulthood.
There will also be child care available for special needs children.
For more information contact Jackie at 715-605-2097 or email her at Jackie@wifamilyties.org.
They're also looking for more child care volunteers.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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