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

Wisconsin State Patrol Southeast Region, Taylor County Sheriff, Medford Police and the Medford Fire Department Receive REACH Bags


Program Coordinator Patricia Sugden delivers REACH Bags to State PatrolOn February 27th, our Program Coordinator, Patricia Sugden delivered 11 new REACH bags to the Wisconsin State Patrol Southeast Region. These bags were just in time for new troopers who will begin next month. Each new trooper will receive a REACH bag inside their State Patrol vehicle. With this delivery, the State Patrol will be able to comfort and distract an additional 220 children in crisis throughout the year. Thanks to Kathy Philbrick for the connection.

Executive Director Fuszard with Medford PoliceAlso on February 27th, Executive Director Curt Fuszard delivered REACH Bags to Taylor County Sheriff, Medford Police Department and Medford Fire Department. Fuszard met with Medford Police Chief Bryan Carey and gave Chief Carey eight bags for his department. These REACH bags will help Medford Police Officers comfort and distract 160 children in crisis. Then Fuszard delivered eight REACH bags to Medford Fire Chief Michael Filas. Medford Fire also will be able to comfort and distract 160 children in crisis over the next year.

Next,  Fuszard headed over to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office where he delivered 18 REACH bags. Chief Deputy Larry D. Woebbeking and Christine O’ Toole, Data Records Manager were on hand for the delivery. With these REACH bags, Taylor County deputies will be able to comfort and distract 360 children in crisis over the next year.Taylor County Sheriff's Department gets REACH bags


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)