Local officials participate in open house for the tree house, new home of Walworth County Child Advocacy Center

July 25, 2013
Walworth, Wis. - Local social service agencies, health care organizations and government entities will show their mutual support during a community open house at the Walworth County Alliance for Children Tree House, now home of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Walworth County Child Advocacy Center.

WHO: Walworth County Alliance for Children, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and community leaders representing law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, health care, victim advocacy and counseling who are committed to protecting children. Scheduled speakers include:
- Margaret Downing – co-president, Walworth County Alliance for Children
- Joshua Grube – deputy district attorney, Walworth County
- Paula Hocking - director, Walworth County Child Advocacy Center
- Mark Lyday – director, Child Advocacy & Protection Services, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

WHAT: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Walworth County Alliance for Children Tree House and Walworth County Child Advocacy Center open house

WHEN: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 31 - ceremony at 6 p.m.; statue unveiling at 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: The Tree House, W4063 Highway NN, Elkhorn, Wis.

Abuse can be scary for kids, parents and other family members. Children who may have been harmed come to a Child Advocacy Center, which is a safe place for them to talk about the abuse and get medical care.

"Our children are the future of our county – it is important that we give them a good beginning – so when violence occurs in their lives, it must be dealt with – swiftly and professionally; if not, the long-term effects have proven that they will repeat the cycle of abuse," said Margaret Downing, co-president, Walworth County Alliance for Children. "The physical violence has been done to their bodies but it must always be remembered that it has additionally effected them emotionally."

"Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is grateful for its long-standing partnership with the Walworth County Alliance for Children, an organization committed to improving the health and safety of children in Walworth County," said Mark Lyday, director, Child Advocacy & Protection Services, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "Their unwavering efforts have made this incredible community resource possible."

The Walworth County Child Advocacy Center provides assessments for children who may have been harmed or hurt. The goal is to protect children from abuse and provide resources to help them heal. The center has a non-threatening, nurturing environment and technology to legally document these incidents for use by law enforcement and the judicial system.

About Walworth County Child Advocacy Center partners
The Walworth County Child Advocacy Center is a collaboration between Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and community leaders representing law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, health care, victim advocacy and counseling who are committed to protecting children.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is the nation's largest health care provider of Child Advocacy Centers, with seven locations in Wisconsin.