A safe and comfortable place where children are interviewed about possible abuse and neglect.
Stepping Stones was created to minimize the trauma child victims can experience after the disclosure of abuse. Stepping Stones coordinates services for the child victim and their families by working with a multidisciplinary team comprised of respresentatives from child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, medical and mental health, and victim services. This coordination improves the investigation and prosecution of abuse cases while ensuring the victims receive effective, sensitive and immediate support in a setting that puts their needs first. This collaboration dramatically reduces the number of times a child is questioned about abuse.
Stepping Stones primarily services children under the age of 17 living in La Crosse, Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties in Wisconsin and Houston County in Minnesota. Clientele include:
Key features of Stepping Stones include:
Please Note: You must be referred by a social worker or police officer to use Stepping Stones' services.
By facilitating a coordinated response, Stepping Stones provides the following benefits:
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
~ Nelson Mandela