What Is The Child Advocacy Center?
A child advocacy center is a child-focused, facility-based program in which representatives from many disciplines, including law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy, child advocacy, work together to conduct interviews and make team decisions about investigation, treatment, management and prosecution of child abuse cases.
What’s Our Reach?
While the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Walworth County Child Advocacy Center has been serving Walworth County families since 2009, they were able to move into the new Tree House in April of 2013 so that children could receive the best care available.
Almost 4,900 abused Walworth County children have been served since Children’s Hospital began offering professional services in 2009. That’s the equivalent to 70% of the population of Lake Geneva.
Abuse of children in Walworth County in 2014 (January to August) looks like this:
45% of boys
55% of girls
29% of the children were below the age of 6
35% of the children were between 7 and 12
36% of the children were between 13 and 18
35% of the children were sexually abused
26% of the children were physically abused
31% of the children were victims of neglect
Walworth County Child Advocacy Center 2014 Statistics
- 0-6 years old
- 7-12 years old
- 13-18 years old
Source: Walworth County Child Advocacy Center
How We Help?
The services available for our children continue to expand at the Tree House, as Children’s Hospital have added Therapy and Medical components. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has expanded services to provide medical services for children that may have been victims of abuse. Therapy is provided by Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin.
There are more than 45 families receiving therapy and more than 120 children have been examined by Forensic Pediatricians. http://www.chw.org