A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from the following:
Child Protective Services
Children’s Advocacy Center Staff
The Forensic Interview
A forensic interview of a child is a developmentally sensitive and legally sound method of gathering factual information regarding allegations of abuse and exposure to violence. This interview is conducted by a competently trained, neutral professional utilizing research and practice-informed techniques as part of a larger investigative process.
The forensic interviewer conducts each interview using a nationally recognized protocol.
Your child and the interviewer will be the only people in the room.
All interviews are video and audio recorded.
MDT members will observe the interview from another room.
Specialized forensic medical evaluation and treatment services are available and coordinated with the multidisciplinary team response to provide follow-up referrals and/or treatment as necessary. Children benefit from the expertise of child abuse medical providers within a personalized, child-friendly environment.
Victim support and advocacy are available throughout the investigation and prosecution of cases. These services are provided by CAC Staff and through our partner agencies. Information regarding the rights of a crime victim and local services is routinely available to all families.
Specialized individual, family, and group mental health services are available as part of the team response through coordination with other treatment providers in the community.