"The Center provides an environment that is comfortable and supportive for children and their families."
In 1989, a Children’s Court Advisory Board was created to bring together professionals from diverse disciplines, along with caring citizens, to open up communication and provide education and awareness for the public to address the growing concern of child maltreatment. Since that time, the group continued to meet monthly for 20 years, changing laws that affected children who had been abused, and developing and strengthening policies and protocols to better serve the needs of the community. As the group continued to expand, more community members became involved, and in 2009, the “Walworth County Alliance for Children” (WCAC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization was formally established.
On April 15, 2013, the WCAC opened the Tree House, a standalone facility that is leased to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin's Walworth County Child Advocacy Center. The Center provides an environment that is comfortable and supportive for children and their families. Everything is child-centered, from the family room with video and board games, to the playground and playhouse in the backyard. The building was designed to look more like a home than an office building in order to create a sense of safety and security for children and their families.
In addition to housing the Child Advocacy Center, the Tree House has become a community meeting space for schools, civic groups, law enforcement, multi-disciplinary teams, churches and other service organizations. One of our main goals is education and prevention, and to meet that goal, the WCAC sponsors numerous education services and prevention programs both at the Tree House and throughout the community as well.
The WCAC is extremely proud of the successful partnership that has been developed with Children’s Hospital and the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center. Following an extensive application and site review process, the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center became an accredited site in 2014. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children's Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.