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

Adams County Sheriff’s Office Receives 12 REACH Bags

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On November 9, Marketing Director Eric Salzwedel delivered 12 REACH bags to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office. Guardians of the Children – Castle Rock Chapter, sponsored the delivery. Thanks to Guardians of the Children, deputies will be able to comfort and distract 240 children in crisis.

Guardians of the Children-Castle Rock Chapter

Sheriff Sam Wollin (far left), Deputy Joe LeBreck (far right) and members of the Guardians of the Children – Castle Rock Chapter

Guardians of the Children is a biker organization dedicated to protecting victims of child abuse. They serve as a public benefit organization to educate the public about child abuse prevention and create a safer environment for abused children. Their mission statement says they react to child abuse and educate the public to do the same; to serve as advocates; to provide strength and stability to families in crisis; and be the answer to the prayer of an abused child or teen for courage, support and protection.

The Guardians contacted Adams County a few months ago asking about ways to provide books to the department. Adams County reached out to us and helped us connect with the Guardians, and a partnership was born!

Thank you, Guardians of the Children – Castle Rock Chapter, for your support of REACH-A-Child. We’re able to carry out our mission because of supporters like you.

Departments partnering with REACH-A-Child

  • Brown County Sheriff
  • Dane County Sheriff
  • Columbia County Sheriff
  • WI State Patrol – SW, NE & NW Region
  • Children’s Advocacy Center-Eau Claire
  • Cross Plains Police
  • Deforest Fire & EMS
  • Fall River Police Department
  • Little Chute Fire Department
  • Lodi Police Department
  • Madison Police Department
  • Mauston EMS
  • McFarland Police, Fire, and EMS
  • Middleton Police, Fire, and EMS
  • Oshkosh Police Department
  • Prairie Du Sac Fire Department
  • Sauk Prairie Police Department
  • Rio Police Department
  • Ryan Brothers Ambulance
  • Sauk City Fire Department
  • Southwest Health Center EMS
  • Sun Prairie Police, Fire, and EMS
  • UW Madison Police Department
  • Waunakee Police Department
  • Waunakee Fire & EMS Department