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YWCA CARE House | Child Advocacy Center

The YWCA CARE House is the only child advocacy center in Rock County, providing a safe haven for abused children to be interviewed. Interviews are conducted by a multi-disciplinary team, which includes: YWCA, law enforcement, district attorney’s office, Child Protective Services, Victim Witness, and when necessary, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

The CARE House also provides support groups and resources for child victims of sexual and physical abuse, neglect, witness to a crime, drug endangerment, and human trafficking.


  • A safe and child-friendly environment to conduct forensic child abuse interviews
  • A support group for child victims of abuse
  • A resource room and lending library
  • Presentations and tours to community groups
  • A place to call with child abuse questions
  • When a child is interviewed at the CARE House, a professionally trained interviewer asks open-ended questions and works to re-assure the child, making sure that child knows they are not in trouble.
  • The interview takes place in a room designed specifically for that purpose in a calm and neutral setting.
  • Members of a multi-disciplinary team observe the process on a monitor from a nearby viewing room. The forensic interviews are recorded, which then becomes part of evidence and may be used in court proceedings.
  • During the interview, non-offending parents and/or caregivers wait in the family room with a CARE House Child/Family Advocate. This is an opportunity for family members to ask questions, share concerns and reduce anxiety. The Child/Family Advocate brings comfort and care to a family during this difficult time.
  • Following the child’s interview, parents are briefed on basic details of the interview and are given the next steps in this process.

After the interview, CARE House Child/Family Advocates may make referrals to individual or family counseling. The advocates also regularly follow-up with families.

An advocate may also connect families with other helpful community agencies as needed.

For more information about local services, please contact YWCA CARE House Family Advocate Jamie Dieckhoff (608)352-2016 ext. 260 or

CARE House offers many support groups to children who have experienced trauma, and offers support groups to their caregivers.


Lessons for Life is a community-wide support group for children ages 5-8 (co-ed) and 9-12 (girls and boys) who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse and who may be having difficulties interpersonal skills. Lessons for Life gives children the opportunity to share and learn with each other using a curriculum designed to include fun, interactive games, and personal sharing. The goal for the group is to equip children with valuable skills needed for everyday living.

Second Wednesdays of the Month

4:00-5:30 p.m.- Girls (ages 9-12)
6:00-7:30 p.m. – Boys (ages 9-12)

Third Wednesdays of the Month

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Co-ed (ages 5-8)


CARE House Hope Circles for Teens focus on the needs of diverse groups of adolescents who have survived abuse. These years are challenging time of rapid physical, emotional, and intellectual growth, and teens who have experienced abuse or assault can face additional obstacles. CARE House Hope Circles for Teens provide safe spaces where teens girls, teen boys, and LGBTQI teens can feel accepted, heard, and understood as they navigate their own unique healing journeys.

First Wednesdays of the Month

4:00-5:30 p.m. – Teen girls (ages 13-17)
6:00-7:30 p.m. – Teen Boys (ages 13-17)

Third Wednesdays of the Month

6:00-7:30 p.m. – lgbtqi* (ages 13-17)
*all orientations and identities are also welcome at First Wednesday groups



CARE House Circles for Parents/Caregivers offer an opportunity for parents/caregivers of survivors of child abuse to share with others to know they are not alone. In this group, participants can explore their own feelings and learn information and techniques to better support themselves and the child(ren) in their care. Childcare is provided during these meetings.

Fourth Wednesdays of the Month

6:00-7:30 p.m.- parents/caregivers

Multidisciplinary Team Survey

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Initial Visit Caregiver Survey

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Caregiver Follow-Up Survey

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2020 Statistics

128 children were interviewed at the CARE House

  • 79 allegations of sexual abuse
  • 24 allegations of physical abuse
  • 38 SANE cases attended by staff (sexual assault nurse examiner)




2021 Statistics

156 children were interviewed at the CARE House

  • 113 allegations of sexual abuse
  • 27 allegations of physical abuse
  • 24 SANE cases attended by staff (sexual assault nurse examiner)


YWCA Rock County Care House is a :

Further Resources Regarding Child Abuse

Prevent Child Abuse

Prevent Child Abuse Wisconsin

Darkness to Light

Rock County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force

The Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry

Wisconsin Family Watchdog

Wisconsin Drug Endangered Children