Canopy Center is a child abuse treatment and prevention agency which was created in 1977 by a young mother. She has been abused as a child and the impact this abuse was having on her own parenting methods led her to bring a national parent support group model to Madison. While most child abuse was addressed by removing children from their families or ignoring abuse until it became more serious or fatal, this method worked to strengthen the family unit and address the long-term effects of child abuse.
Today, the Canopy Center serves over 4,000 people annually through our programs - the Oasis family sexual abuse treatment program, the Parent Stressline listening services, CASA and the Parent to Child program. You can find out more about these programs by clicking here.
Collaborating for Our Community
Canopy Center is proud to be a part of a collaboration with Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center through co-location at our office space on East Washington. This collaboration pulls together the agencies to share rent, enhance one another's services and ultimately create a stronger child advocacy network for our community. In addition, the Parent to Child program provides programming form Trinity Lutheran Church which gives the program more space to serve more families at once.
Read more about our other friends & collaborators in the community.
The mission of the Canopy Center, Inc. is to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote healing of those affected by abuse, through the provision of culturally competent and diverse professional, volunteers and peer services.
Our Philosophy and Beliefs
- Every person has worth, dignity, and potential for growth.
- Every person needs positive social contacts to fully develop their potential and their sense of worth.
- People deserve the opportunity to change failures, struggles and challenges into a growth experience.
- People have responsibility for themselves, their families, and their community.
- People can heal from negative experiences with appropriate treatment and support.
- Child abuse, neglect and family violence can have serious, long lasting, negative effects on the growth of children and the health of families, communities and society.
- The cycle of child abuse can be broken.
- Canopy Center is dedicated to serving client's needs regardless of race, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, arrest or conviction record, age or disability.
Client confidentiality is protected and maintained between programs of the agency. A clients grievance procedure is available upon request.
If you need an interpreter, translator, materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access our program, please call 608-241- 4888 at least three business days before the event, program, or meeting.
Madison General Ordinance 39.05 (MGO 39.05) prohibits a person with a disability from being denied either full access to or full participation in: 1) a service offered by a City of Madison department or 2) a service subsidized by the City. An individual may file a complaint under MGO 39.05, if a denial as described above has occurred and the denial is based solely upon the person's having a disability. The complaint procedure provided under the MGO 39.05, in addition, serves as the City of Madison's complaint procedures as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Workshop, seminars and presentations about child abuse and neglect, family dynamics, treatment issues and techniques, and community resources are available upon request.
Volunteer and Intern Opportunities:
See our volunteer page for more information.