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

REACH-A-Child Delivers REACH BAGs to Monroe First Responders!


Monroe First Responders Receive REACH-A-Child REACH BAGs!


On Monday, July 17th, Executive Director, Curtis J Fuszard, delivered 235 children’s books to the leaders of the Monroe Police DepartmentMonroe Fire Department and Green County EMS. This delivery included 20 “REACH BAGS” – durable backpacks to be maintained in the First Responder vehicles. Each REACH BAG contains children’s books and drawstring backpacks, to be provided to children the First Responders encounter in crisis situations.

An additional supply of 65 books was provided to allow the First Responders to proactively engage young boys and girls they encounter in non-crisis situations.

This was all made possible thanks to a very generous donation by John Baumann, President & CEO of Colony Brands, Inc., and his wonderful company.

Accepting the books and backpacks (pictured from left) were EMS Chief Dan Nufer, Police Chief Fred Kelley and Fire Chief Dan Smits.

Thanks to Colony Brands, Inc., these Monroe area First Responders will be able to comfort and distract 170 children-in-crisis with an age appropriate children’s book.