Kenosha Child Advocacy Center

Kenosha Child Advocacy Center

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Kenosha County Child Advocacy Center provides assessments to children who may have been harmed. The goal of the center is to protect children from abuse and provide resources to help them heal. 

Services

In addition to providing case reviews, expert court testimony and professional consultations, the Child Advocacy Center provides the following services:

  • Child abuse assessment: The assessment process includes a complete medical examination and an interview by a social worker specially trained to work with traumatized children. All work is carefully documented on videotape or DVD to meet judicial standards.
  • Referral: Following assessment, suspected victims of abuse will be referred by center staff members to psychological counselors, family counselors, medical care and psychiatric and developmental rehabilitation specialists in their home communities who can aid in their recovery.
  • Case tracking and data collection: The center tracks outcomes on all cases for evaluation and services. Information tracked includes types of maltreatment, relationship of the alleged offender to the child, child protection outcomes and exposure to domestic violence.
  • Professional and community education: The center provides ongoing training to law enforcement officers, social workers, physicians, nurses and other professionals in Kenosha, and facilitates the sharing of research in investigative techniques.
  • Foster care health checks: A complete physical is provided for all children entering a foster-care environment. The foster care health screening aims to:
    • Document recent signs of abuse/neglect.
    • Ensure children receive quality, consistent and timely health evaluations.
    • Encourage and support children receiving ongoing quality health care.
    • Improve the health of children in foster care.

    Abuse can be scary for kids, parents and other family members. Children who may have been harmed come to a child advocacy center to talk about the abuse and get medical care. It is a safe place for children to receive help.

    Kenosha County Child Advocacy Center staff do case reviews, and provide expert court testimony and professional consultations. In addition, staff also provide the following services: 

    • Child abuse assessments: The assessment process includes a complete medical examination and an interview with a social worker specially trained to work with traumatized kids. All work is carefully documented on videotape or DVD to meet judicial standards. 
    • Referrals: Following an assessment, suspected victims of abuse will be referred to psychological counselors, family counselors, medical care and psychiatric and developmental rehabilitation specialists in their home communities who can aid in the recovery process. 
    • Case tracking and data collection: Staff track outcomes on all cases for evaluation and services. Information tracked includes types of maltreatment, relationship of the alleged offender to the child, child protection outcomes and exposure to domestic violence. 
    • Professional and community education: Center staff provide ongoing training to law enforcement officers, social workers, physicians, nurses and other professionals in northeastern Wisconsin. They also share research about investigative techniques. 
    • Foster care health checks: A complete physical is provided for all children entering the foster-care system.

    Community partners

    Children's Hospital collaborates with the following community partners:

    • Aurora Medical Center 
    • CoRe Program
    • Kenosha County District Attorney's Office
    • Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services
    • Kenosha Police Department
    • Kenosha Sheriff's Department
    • Pleasant Prairie Police Department
    • Twin Lakes Police Department 
    • United Hospital System