Madison Community Services


Our services

At our Madison Community Services location, we offer:

  • Child and Family Counseling - Our counselors work with children and their families to address problems and strengthen family ties.
  • KinderReady - A program for parents in the Madison Metropolitan School District that helps them learn to promote their children's healthy development so they are ready for school. Services in English and Spanish are free.
  • Treatment Foster Care - Home-based care for children and adolescents with significant emotional, behavioral, physical or medical challenges.
  • Respite Care - Temporary child care that provides foster parents a break from their parenting responsibilities.
  • Family Finding - Locates biological family members for children in out-of-home care.
  • Special Needs Adoption - Services that connect children who have who have been separated from their biological families, and who may have experienced abuse or neglect, with families who can provide the love, support and stability these children need.

Madison Child and Family Counseling

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin - Madison Child and Family CounselingIndividual and family counseling is available for children and adolescents who need help with:

  • Physical or sexual abuse, neglect or other trauma
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Problems due to divorce, separation, remarriage or the death of a loved one
  • Parent-child conflicts
  • Pre- and post-adoption transition
  • Anger management issues
  • Academic or behavioral problems

Our services

  • Child and family therapy
  • Medication management (only for children seeing a therapist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin community services)
  • Play therapy

Our staff

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Community Services therapists have extensive experience working with children, parents and families, including those involved in the child welfare system.

Cindy Richgels, LCSW, received her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Cindy specializes in women's mental health, including problems related to eating disorders and body image. She has extensive experience with adolescent girls. Cindy also helps clients with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral and attention problems, and issues associated with sexual abuse.

Carrie Young, LCSW, received her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Carrie has many years of experience working with foster and adopted youth and their families. She has an understanding of the effects of abuse, neglect, abandonment, grief, and loss. Carrie specializes in treating children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, adjustment disorders, and issues related to attachment. Her approach is trauma-sensitive, and she also works to support the caregivers throughout treatment.

Jennifer Zehr, MSW, LCSW, received her master's degree in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Jennifer specializes in child and adolescent mental health including adolescent depression, childhood and adolescent mood disorders, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, parent/child conflict and trauma. Jennifer is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and has worked with adults and parents diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. She has additional training in providing parent coaching, supporting families during divorce and separation and reunification following out-of-home placement. Jennifer has experience working with complex trauma, abuse and PTSD.