About The C.A.R.E. Center

Waukesha County’s Child Advocacy Center

Previously located in downtown Waukesha in the Big Yellow House, The C.A.R.E. Center (Child Advocacy Resources and Empowerment) is a program of The Women’s Center providing recorded forensic interviews, medical evaluations and family advocacy to any child victim ages 0-17 and adults with a developmental disability, who are victims of neglect, witness to domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, drug endangered, trafficking, bullying, child pornography, witness to homicide, and/or witness to adult sexual assault. The C.A.R.E. Center is a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center and the only program in Waukesha County that provides these services. The C.A.R.E. Center provides a complete assessment of suspected victims of child abuse while maintaining family dignity.

Child advocacy centers emphasize the coordination of investigation and intervention services by bringing together professionals and agencies as a multidisciplinary team to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. They provide a safe, comfortable, secure space where children can discuss abuse in a non-threatening, compassionate environment where law enforcement, social workers, medical providers, and Advocates meet with children and their families to discuss what may have happened and what the likely next steps are. The intent of child advocacy center services is to reduce the trauma of child abuse and neglect by providing a timely, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary response to allegations in a safe, agency-neutral, child-focused setting.

Referrals are only taken from law enforcement, child protective services, or medical providers when there are concerns about child abuse. If you have any questions about this program, please call 262.522.3680.
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The Evaluation Includes:

  • A one-on-one interview between the child and a Forensic Interviewer, who has received special training on how to interview suspected child abuse victims.
  • The interview is recorded with the intention of minimizing the number of times the child is interviewed. The recording will be used in the child abuse investigation and may be played in court in place of the child testifying directly about the allegations.​
  • While the child is being interviewed, non-offending caregivers meet with our Youth & Family Advocate, who provides help and support during and after the visit. The Youth & Family Advocate helps families find counselors, doctors, and other professionals to make the recovery process easier. Caregivers may not watch the interview.​
  • Medical evaluations are provided on-site by a forensic medical provider from Children’s Wisconsin.
  • After the interview, investigative team members meet with the non-offending caregiver(s) to answer questions, discuss concerns, and explain what will happen next.​
  • Information gathered from a child’s forensic interview is provided to law enforcement.
Clients, their families, and support teams will have full access to our Advocates and the resources we can provide in all of our programs.