What is the Tree House?
The Tree House opened the Tree House on April 15, 2013, after many years of hard work and amazing community support. This beautiful building serves the children and families of Walworth County who have been affected by child abuse and neglect.
Everything at the Tree House is child-centered, from the family room with toys, and video and board games, to the playground and playhouse in the back yard. The building looks more like a home than an office building because it was designed to create a sense of safety and security for children and their families.
Who the Tree House Serves
The Tree House serves as the home of the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center, a service of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. It is a special place where children come for help if they’ve been abused physically or sexually, neglected, or exposed to domestic violence. In 2014, more than 1,000 children were referred to the Center and received services.
The Center is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance, certifying that it meets the highest standards for consistent, effective care of child abuse victims.
Tree House Teamwork
At the Tree House, many agencies collaborate to meet the needs of individual children and their families. Agencies include police departments, the Sheriff’s Department, medical professionals, the District Attorney’s Office, Corporation Counsel, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence.
The Tree House provides these professionals a home base where they can come together to coordinate child abuse investigations and interventions, and provide medical and therapy services.
Rather than taking a child from agency to agency throughout the law enforcement and child protection systems, and having him or her endure multiple interviews, the process is streamlined and brings the system to the child at the Tree House. Children who come to the Tree House:
- Meet one-on-one with a specially trained interviewer in a comfortable, welcoming setting.
- Are examined by a specially trained pediatrician in the Healing Room.
- Meet with a child therapist to cope with the trauma they have experienced and work toward recovery.
The Tree House’s child-centered approach, known as the Children’s Advocacy Center model, is nationally proven to be the best and most effective way to investigate child abuse, and results in faster charges against perpetrators and increased prosecutions.
Support The Tree House – Donate Today!
The Tree House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. More than two decades of countless fundraisers and generous donations of materials, time, and money made The Tree House a reality
We need your help to expand our programs of Education and Prevention for the Community! Please donate today!
The Tree House is funded solely by contributions from generous friends, foundations, grants, civic groups, and special events. As a non-profit entity, the Tree House does not receive any federal, state, or local tax dollars. We need your support so we can carry out our mission of helping children and families and stopping abuse before it starts.