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Meeting students where they are with mental health support

Many students struggle with mental health issues, including self-harm, grief after losing a parent, self-esteem issues, stress, depression and anxiety. Our school-based mental health programs work to address these concerns and struggles by bringing licensed mental health professionals to students during the school day, overcoming common challenges including cost and transportation.

Hearts Stirred Toward Adoption

At the age of 45, with her youngest child in high school, Patti DiBlasi and her husband, Mark, felt a stirring to adopt. Now, they are parents to five children adopted from China - and all through Lutheran Social Services.

Raising God's Children

Meet Jill and Randy Polifka who have welcomed more than 40 foster children into their home. Not only are they giving children a safe and loving home, but they find fulfillment, too, knowing they've found God's purpose for their lives.


Living Independently With a Disability 

Cole is in his 30s and he’s living on his own in for the very first time. He takes the bus, has a job and leads a full and active life in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His mom is so proud and happy that Cole was given the chance to succeed living on his own. She said he loved it from the get go!

Second Chances

Dakota is one of hundreds — maybe thousands — of kids whose deeply troubled past brought them to Homme Youth and Family Programs for treatment and a chance at a new start in life. Dakota says that if not for Homme, he would more than likely be in prison. Hear his story.


The Women of Wellspring

Women talk openly about how Wellspring, an LSS daytime resource center in Green Bay, has given them the support and strength to get successfully back on their feet.

Ciara's Adoption Story

Ciara thought no one wanted her - until Greg and Joelle Scheithauer of Ogema, WI, asked her to be their daughter. With the help of LSS, they are now a forever family. 

There Are No Unwanted Children

After adopting four boys from the Philippines, Joel and Sharon Tomski thought their family was complete... until they saw a news story about the Philippines Ambassador program. Watch their story of how they found and adopted their daughter, Jonalyn.


Open Adoption: It's About Love

Watch the open adoption story of birthmom Heather; adoptive parents JJ and Jessica Heesch; and how baby Jackson became the 13th child in his extended family to be adopted with help from LSS.

How Does it Feel to Change a Life? 

Employees of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan talk about how it feels to change lives.

LSS Employee Appreciation Day

Watch as LSS celebrates its employees as part of Employee Appreciation Day. 

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