Lutheran Counseling & Family Services of Wisconsin
(LCFS) is a non-profit, state licensed outpatient mental health care agency and adoption service provider, serving the State of Wisconsin. Our licensed therapists and psychologists provide counseling to children, individuals, and families regardless of race, ethnic background, or religious affiliation.
Lutheran Counseling and Family Services History of Care
1896 – Orphanages in the Milwaukee area were so overcrowded that there were many homeless and dependent children who were not properly cared for, putting them at risk for bodily and spiritual harm. Pastors and laymen in the Milwaukee area saw the need for orphaned, neglected and dependent children to be cared for by Christian families instead of institutions. On June 8, 1896 the Evangelical Lutheran Kinderfreund Society of Wisconsin was created to help these children.
1924 – A new Children’s Receiving Home was constructed at 8138 Harwood Avenue in Wauwatosa and a west wing was added in 1926.
1941 – The name changed to Lutheran Children’s Friends Society of Wisconsin to better reflect the advancement of the organization. Some of the changes included providing casework service and oversight of private foster homes for orphaned children.
1946 – In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the agency acknowledged that over 4500 children had been cared for through foster care, adoption or supervision.
1959 – A Residential Treatment Center opened in Wauwatosa capable of housing 32 emotionally disturbed boys aged 6-12.
1973 – A Counseling Center providing day treatment, was established by the agency to include an additional six boys.
1973 – Expansion of services of the Lutheran Children’s Friends Society included: 32 boys living full time at the Center and six receiving day treatment, counseling for unwed pregnant women, providing foster homes and care for infant, adoption services for physically disabled children, mixed racial children, children over the age of five and international adoptions, marriage and pre-marriage counseling, and group therapy sessions.
1976 – The Residential Treatment Center was closed, allowing the agency to focus primarily on day treatment services. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) services were added, in large part to assist veterans dealing with addiction issues. This program rapidly grew to include civilians as well.
1987 – To better reflect the broad spectrum of care provided by the agency, the Board of Directors agreed that a name change was in order. The name was officially changed to Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of Wisconsin.
PRESENT – Today we continue to offer Christian counseling for children, individuals and families, alcohol and drug abuse counseling for teens and adults, in-school counseling for at-risk students, reintegration assistance for military veterans and a broad array of adoption services.
In other words, after over 120 years LCFS is still responding to meet the most crucial needs of Wisconsin society. Read a complete history of the Lutheran Children’s Friend Society of Wisconsin here. (article by Anthony Brinkman)
Lutheran Counseling and Family Services of WI is currently looking for an individual with a Clinical Master’s degree or Psychologist to provide mental health counseling. This person must have their 3000-hours completed for third-party billing. The positions available are part-time, but can move to full-time for the right person. Fax resume to 414-536-8348.
Openings are for the following areas:
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – Clinical therapist
Chilton, Wisconsin – Clinical therapist
Berlin, Wisconsin – Clinical therapist
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – Fiscal Manager