Address: 619 W Walnut Street
Transportation: By bus: from Wisconsin and 12th street, take the 12 bus towards 92nd-Hampton. Get off at 12th and Walnut. On foot, turn left on Walnut and the center will be on the right.
Orientation: Wednesday, February 10 from 9:00am-12:00pm
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Tuesday 9:00am-6:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am-6:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-6:00pm and Friday 1:00am-5:00pm
Description of Agency: The Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center is an off site clinic of Children's Hospital, and their goal is to protect children from abuse and provide resources to help them heal. They provide comprehensive assessments of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused or neglected, and perform foster care health screenings for children in the foster care system. In addition to these services they also conduct specialized medical exams and victim interviews. Through medical services, the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center enables children and families to heal from the trauma of abuse and neglect and advocate for safe and secure living environments.
Student Role in Agency: The primary role of Service Learners at the Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center is to oversee and interact with children and teenagers in the waiting room. Various games, books, crafts, and toys are available to help keep the children entertained until they can be seen for medical evaluation. Children are also in the waiting room while care providers or social workers are conferencing with their parent/guardians. When there are not any children in the waiting room, Service Learners are expected to take initiative to interact with the children and perform other pertinent tasks for the clinic which will allow them to observe other aspects of this agency. Attendance policy is strict and regular communication with Julie is expected.
Requirements: Students must be outgoing and willing to interact with children and teens of all ages. Volunteers must be independent and proactive with the duties assigned. When signing up for this placement, Service Learners will need a completed volunteer application, background check, and reference form, have proof of two TB tests (taken one or more weeks apart) and immunization records from your primary physician (not from Marquette, unless you received immunizations here). Due dates for these documents will be given at Sign-Up Night. At orientation, Service Learners will have their pictures taken for name identification badges. Service Learning will hold a 2-day TB Test Clinic on campus. The Student Health Services fee for this test is $10, made payable by cash, check, or MU cash. Your second TB Test may be done at the agency.
Dress: Service Learners must be dressed professionally in a solid color shirt, khaki pants, and closed-toed shoes.
Commitment: Students must attend the two hour training session in the beginning of the semester and commit to one two-hour shift each week in the waiting room through the end of the semester. If you miss a shift, you must make up that missed time in the future.