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Caring House opens child advocacy center

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Caring House, a center for domestic violence and sexual assault services, has opened a Child Advocacy Center in Dickinson County. The center is located at 1115 S. Hemlock St. in Iron Mountain. Victims of child maltreatment in Iron County and Dickinson counties as well as Northern Wisconsin will now have a place to go for trauma informed services.  
    The center is a neutral and child-friendly place that provides advocacy and other services for children and families during a difficult time. Families and victims are referred there by various agencies, including law enforcement, child protective services and the prosecutor’s office.
    The center has a multi-disciplinary approach that uses best practices to obtain positive outcomes in difficult situations.   
    “We conduct recorded forensic interviews by a trained and experienced interviewer and support the non-offending caregivers as we help them navigate the system,” said Karla Lehmann, Caring House Child Advocacy Center coordinator/forensic interviewer. “We can provide court advocacy for families as well as free therapy for the children that have come through our center.”
    Iron County has been working with the CAC in Iron Mountain for several months with local cases and families. The center also has a mobile unit which has come to Iron County when multiple interviews need to be performed.