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Who We Are

Mission & History

We serve the Dane County community impacted by trauma and adversity.

Our History

Canopy Center is a child abuse treatment and prevention agency which was created in 1977 by a young mother. She had 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 500 people annually through our programs - the Oasis family sexual abuse treatment program, Dane County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and the Parent to Child program. You can learn 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 from 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.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help strengthen families and support children, teens and adults impacted by trauma and adversity.

Our Philosophy and Beliefs

  • Every person has worth, dignity and potential for growth.
  • Every person is unique and deserves to have a voice in identifying and addressing their needs.
  • Every person needs positive social connections to fully develop their sense of self and community.


Client confidentiality is protected and maintained between programs of the agency. A clients grievance procedure is available upon request.

Disability Right:

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).

Community Education:

Workshop, seminars and presentations about child abuse and neglect, family dynamics, treatment issues and techniques, and community resources are available upon request. Please click here to email us or call the main line for more information: (608) 241-4888.

Volunteer and Intern Opportunities:

See our volunteer page for more information.

Our Funders

Community Supporters

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