Forensic Interviews

Forensic Interviews

Forensic interviews allow a child to talk with a trained professional about what the child has experienced.  The purpose of a forensic interview in a Children’s Advocacy Center is to obtain a statement from a child, in a developmentally and culturally sensitive, unbiased and fact-finding manner that will support accurate and fair decision making by the involved multidisciplinary team in the criminal justice and child protection systems.  The Child Center, Inc. has Forensic Interviewers on staff for interviews of child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and for children who witness violent crimes.  Forensic interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a neutral, fact-finding nature and coordinated to avoid duplicative interviewing.  Forensic interviews are child-centered. This interview is the beginning phase into investigation and/or the criminal justice system along with the related services the child and non-offending family member may need to heal.