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Tree House Child and Family Center Inc

aka Walworth County Alliance for Children   |   Elkhorn, WI   |  https://treehouseforkids.net

Mission

To provide children with safe, stable, and nurturing environments through child abuse prevention, education, and awareness.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Nichole Cooper

Main address

W4063 County Road Nn

Elkhorn, WI 53121 USA

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EIN

26-0785791

NTEE code info

Government and Public Administration (W20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Trauma, homelessness, low poverty levels … these are just some of the challenges that children in our community face every day. Since early spring 2020, the pandemic shutdowns and widespread economic instability have raised parental stress, caused strain on household budgets, forced families to crowd together for quarantines, and limited social and mental health support. In 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated at least 1 in 7 children in the US has experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year. The Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Report for CY2020 states there were 3,985 unique child victims of maltreatment that year. This represents 3.2 children per 1,000 children in Wisconsin. The Tree House Child and Family Center is working to address children's need for safe, stable, and nurturing environments through child abuse prevention, education, and awareness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Birdhouse Program

Nested within the Tree House, this program provides specialized video trainings for multi-disciplinary team members across law enforcement, District Attorney's Office, Corporation Counsel, Health and Human Services, Forensic Interviewers, and Forensic Medical Providers.

Population(s) Served

A training program offering educators, clergy, counselors, district administrators, and staff a framework for adopting a trauma-sensitive approach to care. Currently, there are three trainings offered per year that cover understanding trauma, building trauma-sensitive schools/churches, and leading trauma-sensitive schools/churches.

Population(s) Served

An asset-based development program for young women that builds on concepts of womanhood, respect, and positive relationships a a strategy for health promotion and violence prevention.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Tree House Child and Family Center aims to protect children and strengthen families by providing child abuse awareness, prevention, and education and training programs to the people of Walworth County, Wisconsin.

1. Community Resource - Build a network of individuals and agencies dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all its forms.

2. Public Awareness - Increase public awareness, education, and prevention about and around child abuse and neglect through training, education, information dissemination, and data-led programs and services.

3. Prevention Programs - Strengthen affiliated prevention organizations across Walworth County by identifying and reinforcing best practices in organizational operations and by developing, implementing, and supporting innovative prevention and education programs using research-based models as well as new technologies such as webinars and on-line education modules.

4. Advocacy - Influence public policy, programs, and practices that strengthen families and protect children by regularly distributing information regarding child abuse prevention initiatives, activities, and campaigns.

5. Mental Health Therapy - Provide innovative mental health therapy to victims of abuse and children in need.

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. The group met 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. In 2013, the doors were opened to the building known as the Tree House Child and Family Center, which serves as the home of the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a service of Children's Wisconsin. In addition to the Tree House's partnership with Children's Hospital, it has established relationships with community partners, such as law enforcement, medical professionals, mental health professionals, educators, the district attorney's office, corporation counsel, child protective services, and more. The Tree House also offers outreach to the community through training, prevention, and education programs; meets with schools and civic and community organizations to bring awareness to child abuse and prevention; and partners with Walworth County Health and Human Services to lead a campaign addressing child maltreatment.

The need for Tree House Child and Family Center's support and services continues to rise. As of December 2021, there were 54 children on the therapy waiting list. To accommodate this need in the short term, the Tree House administrative offices have moved to free up space in the Tree House for two additional child therapists. To better serve our Walworth County community in the long term, we are exploring opportunities to either build onto the Tree House or add a separate building. This not only would allow us to increase therapy space, but again provide a home for our mission-based work as we serve as a community leader, partner, and resource in preventing child abuse
and neglect in Walworth County and surrounding areas, while cultivating a return to strong mental health and self-esteem for children and families.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Whether through child abuse prevention, intervention, or postvention, the Tree House’s programs, services, and resources are available to all 106,799 residents of Walworth County with no qualification requirements.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In looking at participant responses to a recent support group, we adjusted the day and time of the group to better meet their needs rather than be more convenient for staff.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback helps to reinforce that we are listening to the specific needs of community members from our area and adjusting our programs and services to meet those needs.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Tree House Child and Family Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Heidi Lloyd

Tree House Child and Family Center

Term: 2020 - 2023

Jenny Grunow

Community Representative

Haley Johnson

Walworth County Corporate Counsel

Jack Pendergast

Community Representative

Zeke Wiendenfield

Walworth County District Attorney

Gene Decker

Community Representative

Debra Amici

Community Representative

Mackenzie Breen-Bestold

Uline

Lisa Barber

Shorewest Realtors

Amanda Cummins

Community Representative

April James

Community Representative

Kim Jarvis

All Career Matters

Lisa Broll

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Vikee Loudon

Community Representative

Christopher Lindloff

WI Department of Community Corrections

Saskia Lodder

Community Representative

Daniel Nelson

Walworth County Sheriff's Department

Michele Raykovich

Community Representative

Dave Gerber

Sheriff

Loretta Meinel

Walworth County Agricultural Society

Cathy Peek

Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center

Duanne Lafrenz

Lake Geneva Wellness Clinic

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.