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Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center Services

Phone: (920) 436-8881

Fax: (920) 436-4413

503 S. Monroe Ave
Green Bay, WI 54301

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A safe place to talk and begin to heal. At Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center, we give children who have been sexually or physically abused, neglected, or otherwise endangered a comfortable place to tell someone what happened and build a brighter future.

All parts of child abuse investigations are located within Willow Tree. Our specially trained staff work closely with law enforcement, Child Protective Services and other community professionals to evaluate and document each child’s case.

Services to the child and family may include:

  • Child Forensic Interview
  • Advocacy Services
  • Medical Evaluations
  • Therapy
  • Prevention Education

Children and families are assisted each step of the way. All services are individualized to meet the specific needs of the child and their family.

To reach a member of the Willow Tree team, call 920-436-8881 and the extension listed below. Willow Tree’s hours of operation are from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Willow Tree Staff:

Megan Hackl, Child Forensic Interviewer ext. 3005
Risa Janowski, Therapist ext. 3009
Jodi Stahl, Advocate/Receptionist ext. 3001
Kristie Sickel, Child Forensic Interviewer/Program Supervisor ext. 3006
Becca Wilbershide, Prevention Specialist/Advocate ext. 3003

 

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Medical Team:

Kristine Grzybowski, Medical Assistant ext. 3001
Grethel Hokenson, Nurse Practitioner ext. 3007
Jennifer Yates, Nurse Practitioner ext. 3007

 

Administration:

Tana Koss, Director ext. 3001
Kristie Sickel, Program Supervisor ext. 3007

 

Advisory Board Members:

  • Christy Policy (Chair)
  • Erin Enright
  • Kathy Hartman
  • Sherri Hoyman, MD, Bellin Health
  • Mike Jerry, J. Michael Jerry LLC
  • Kristy Maney, Nicolet National Bank
  • Lora Matzke
  • Charlie Millerwise, Green Bay Packers
  • Courtney Peirce
  • Travis Vanden Heuvel, Titletown Publishing
  • Eric Witczak, Nicolet National Bank

Multidisciplinary Team:

  • Ashwaubenon Public Safety
  • Brown County Corporation Counsel
  • Brown County District Attorney’s Office
  • Brown County Human Services
  • Brown County Sheriff’s Department
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • De Pere Police Department
  • Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Golden House
  • Green Bay Police Department
  • Oneida Police Department
  • Pulaski Police Department
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners)
  • Wrightstown Police Department

As parents and community members, everyone plays a role in protecting children from all forms of abuse. The following resources can help you protect your child and lower the risks for child abuse.

For more information or to discuss any of the topics addressed above, please call us at 920-436-8881.

Child Advocacy Center Services

Child Forensic Interviews

A child forensic interview is a developmentally sensitive and legally sound method of gathering information from a child about allegations of abuse, neglect, or exposure to drugs or violence. At Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center, our child forensic interviewers are specially trained to ask children non-leading, non-suggestive questions that are appropriate for the child’s age and development. This helps to minimize trauma by ensuring that the child is able to tell someone what happened in their own words, to one adult. Each child forensic interview is recorded and all agencies involved in the child’s case observe the interview from another room at Willow Tree. When the interview is finished, the recording will be used by law enforcement and the district attorney’s office as a part of the child abuse investigation.

Medical Evaluations

Willow Tree is proud to partner with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to provide on-site medical evaluations for children who have been abused or neglected. Our nurse practitioners from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin specialize in the medical evaluation of child maltreatment. They look for signs indicating sexual or physical abuse, neglect, or drug endangerment. These findings can later be used as evidence if the case is referred for charges or goes to court. A medical evaluation includes medical history, physical exam, and, when appropriate, documentation of any signs of abuse, collection of physical evidence, diagnostic testing, testing for other medical conditions that could be mistaken for maltreatment, treatment and referrals.

 

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Advocacy

During each appointment at Willow Tree, children and their caregivers are able to meet with an advocate and members of the investigating team. Advocates help the child and family understand what is happening, while ensuring the child and family receive the resources and referrals they need to begin to heal. In addition to providing immediate support, advocates also maintain contact with families throughout an investigation. This may include providing updates on the status of the child’s case and accompanying the family to court.

Therapy

Risa JanowskiRisa Janowski, MS, LPC

Degrees/Licenses:

  • Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW – Madison
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ripon College
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Experience: Over 20 years experience providing counseling services in the Green Bay area. Has worked with adults, adolescents, children and their families in a variety of settings. Specialties: Works with children and adolescents age 3 to 17 experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, adoption, self-harm, sexual identity, anger management, trauma, and parent-child/adolescent issues. Helps clients adjust to change through grief and acceptance while encouraging clients to find peace and acheive their goals. Trained in Play Therapy.

Prevention Education

Willow Tree is proud to provide child abuse prevention education in the local community. Our child abuse prevention specialist, Becca Wilbershide, goes into local schools to teach children important measures to help protect them from sexual or physical abuse. This includes teaching children the importance of telling a trusted adult if anything bad is happening to them. Starting in preschool, our “Kids Can” prevention education curriculum uses developmentally appropriate explanations and dolls to teach kids about safe touches. unsafe touches. and confusing touches. “Kids Can” also teaches the difference between good and bad secrets. Older children are taught about harassment, consent, and sexual assault. These topics are also discussed in developmentally appropriate ways to help students understand the importance of respecting others and building healthy relationships. Prevention presentations are available to families, schools, businesses, and other organizations. For more information, please contact Becca Wilbershide at (920) 436-8881 ext. 3003 or bwilbershide@willowtreecac.org.

“I’ve always been so mad that this happened to me.

I need to tell my mom now, so she understands.”

— Willow Tree client, age 12

“I am telling you everything and I feel happy.

I’ve never felt this kind of relief.”

— Willow Tree client, age 11

“Thank you for listening to my child and helping my family.”

— Mother of a Willow Tree client

“You make me feel safe, so I want to say thank you.”

— Willow Tree client, age 7

FAQs

Who does Willow Tree serve?

Any child who is a suspected victim of abuse or neglect can be served by Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center in collaboration with local law enforcement and/or Child Protective Services.

Willow Tree primarily serves children in Brown County, as well as surrounding communities and other parts of Wisconsin. Willow Tree has also been utilized in cases from as far away as Upper Michigan.

What are the ages of the children served by Willow Tree?

Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center sees children of all ages, many ethnic backgrounds, both girls and boys. The average age of a child  served at Willow Tree is 8 years old.

Do children live at the Child Advocacy Center?

No, children do not live at Willow Tree. They come to the Child Advocacy Center for forensic interviews, a medical exam or evaluation and/or counseling, but no one actually resides in the facility.

What is Willow Tree’s relationship with Child Protective Services?

Willow Tree has a collaborative relationship with Brown County Child Protective Services and many of our neighboring counties. While our staff are specially trained to provide the child forensic interview, medical evaluations, and counseling services, Child Protective Services works with the family to develop a safety plan and ensure that the family’s basic needs are being met.

How is Willow Tree Child Advocacy Center funded?

Willow Tree is funded primarily through private donations, with supplemental support from the state and county. We partner with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for medical services which bills insurance, Medical Assistance, or the client. Therapy services bill insurance or Medical Assistance, with a sliding-scale fee available. The forensic interview, advocacy and prevention education services are provided to families free of charge.