Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child™’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child™ wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.

“Due to the nature of our work, Wisconsin State Troopers are regularly tasked with assisting victims through extremely difficult situations. Often times, those victims include children. The REACH-A-Child™ initiative provides a valuable tool to help children during times of crisis. Providing a book and a backpack to a child in crisis diverts their attention from the tragic situation and allows the Trooper to comfort them. The mission of the Wisconsin State Patrol is to promote highway safety and enhance the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing and supporting professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services. The REACH-A-Child™ organization provides a beneficial tool that allows us to accomplish our mission.”

– Captain Charles Teasdale

Recent News

Meet our Summer Intern Joanna


We have a new intern at REACH-A-Child. Joanna Pauline Millado Martinez will serve as our Summer Program and Outreach Intern!

REACH-A-Child Summer Intern Joanna.Joanna will be a senior at UW — Madison, studying Human Development and Family Studies with a Certificate in Gerontology. Joanna is originally from Manila, Philippines, and lived in Canada before moving to Madison 12 years ago.

At UW — Madison, Joanna works as a House Fellow for the Residence Halls and will continue this role throughout summer and into the 2018-2019 school year. She also serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board. Joanna enjoys spending time in nature, with friends and family, and reading. Her passions include traveling, learning new languages, laughing and smiling!

Joanna volunteered with us in high school and reconnected with us recently. Welcome back, Joanna. We’re so glad you’re here!

Departments partnering with REACH-A-Child

  • Adams County Sheriff    (12)
  • Argyle Police, Fire, and EMS    (4)
  • Baraboo Police, Fire, and EMS   (25)
  • Belleville Police and EMS   (3)
  • Brown County Sheriff  (9)
  • Cambridge Fire & EMS (8)
  • Children’s Advocacy Center-Eau Claire   (7)
  • Columbia County Sheriff  (20)
  • Cross Plains Police  (3)
  • Cuba City Police  (4)
  • Dane County Sheriff  (30)
  • Deforest Police, Fire, and EMS  (9)
  • Fall River Police  (2)
  • Fitchburg Police and Fire   (20)
  • Fitch-Rona EMS   (5)
  • Green County EMS  (6)
  • Janesville Police, Fire, and EMS    (37)
  • Keewaunee County Sheriff   (20)
  • Kilbourn Fire and EMS  (7)
  • Lafayette County Sheriff   (24)
  • Lake Delton Police and Fire  (2) (Partial)
  • Little Chute Fire  (3)
  • Lodi Police Department  (4)
  • Madison Police and Fire  (111)
  • Marquette County Sheriff  (16)
  • Mauston EMS  (3)
  • Marshfield Fire and EMS (4)
  • McFarland Police, Fire, and EMS   (12)
  • Mequon Police  (13)
  • Middleton Police, Fire, and EMS (21)
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff  (125)
  • Milwaukee Police   (1) (Partial)
  • Milton Fire (3)
  • Monroe Police and Fire  (16)
  • Mount Horeb Fire  (1)  (Partial)
  • Nunda Fire (5)
  • Oregon Fire and EMS   (5)
  • Oshkosh Police and Fire  (34)
  • Osseo Police  (2)
  • Platteville Police  (6)
  • Prairie Du Sac Fire  (1)
  • Poynette Police  (6)

*All REACH BAGs comfort 20 children-in-crisis.

  • Richland Center Police (4)
  • Rio Police Department  (2)
  • Riverside Fire   (6)
  • Ryan Brothers Ambulance  (2)
  • Sauk City Fire  (6)
  • Sauk County Sheriff  (25)
  • Sauk Prairie Police  (5)
  • Slinger Police  (6)
  • Shorewood Hills Police  (3)
  • Southwest Health Center EMS  (3)
  • Sun Prairie Police, Fire, and EMS  (24)
  • Town of Madison Police  (9)
  • Trempealeau County Sheriff  (24)
  • UW Madison Police Department  (20)
  • Verona Police  (10)
  • Village of Howard Fire  (5)
  • Waunakee Police, Fire, and EMS  (28)
  • Winnebago County Sheriff  (24)
  • Wisconsin Dells Police  (6)
  • Wisconsin State Patrol – All Regions  (408)