Fifteen years ago, the Senator Wynona Lipman Child Advocacy Center (known as Wynona’s House) was founded in Newark, New Jersey as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping children who have been abused or neglected.
Wynona’s House revolutionized the process endured by children and families of Essex County coping with the aftermath of abuse and neglect. We are a collaboration of more than 70 multi-disciplinary advocates helping the children of Essex County who have been abused or neglected. Wynona’s House coordinates a cross-systems collaboration that leverages both public and private resources to improve outcomes addressing the problem of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment within the 22 municipalities of Essex County, including Bellville, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, East Orange, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn (and Short Hills), Montclair (and Upper Montclair), Newark, North Caldwell, Nutley, Orange, Roseland, South Orange, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange). The multi-agency collaboration serves 789,565 county residents and provides direct services to more than 600 abused or neglected children each year.
In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.
Physical Abuse 28%
Sexual Abuse 21%
Emotional Abuse 11%
Physical Neglect 10%
Emotional Neglect 15%
All year-long, Wynona’s House meets the needs of children who have been abused and neglected. We work with children and their non-offending caregivers throughout the investigation, prosecution and treatment phases of their case.
Our Family Advocate may continue working with children and families long after to ensure long-term recovery and healing. Every day we work to prevent abuse and neglect through advocacy, education, family support, and outreach. The need for services never stops. The children we serve need your help now more than ever!