Services

  • Forensic Interview

    The forensic interview is of vital importance in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse.

    When a concern arises that a child has been abused, the child is interviewed by Children’s Center’s highly qualified, neutral forensic interviewers, in a warm welcoming child-friendly, age-appropriate setting.  This forensic interview is an objective, non-leading and age appropriate, information-gathering process.  During the interview, the interviewer wears an earpiece allowing multidisciplinary team members who are discreetly observing the interview to ask questions.

    Medical Evaluations

    All Medical Evaluations are performed by trained medical professionals with pediatric experience and child abuse expertise. The exams take place in a warm, child friendly examination room. A child is never forced to have an exam and every effort is made to make the child feel comfortable and non-threatened during the exam.

    • Sexual Abuse Forensic Exams (SAFE):
      When there is a concern that a child has been sexually abused, a SAFE exam will be performed.  This exam is a comprehensive, non-invasive medical examination much like a well-child check-up.   Our medical provider will use a colposcope as part of the exam.  This state of the art forensic equipment records evidence of abuse.
    • Child At Risk Exam (CARE):
      This exam is a comprehensive, head-to-toe physical exam used to document recent and/or past physical trauma to a child. Physical evidence is photographed using state of the art forensic equipment. This exam is also a part of our drug decontamination protocols for children who have been removed from a methamphetamine-producing environment.

    Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

    It takes a team effort to investigation child abuse.  Children’s Center is proud to serve in a coordinating capacity in an effort to ensure that all team agencies are working individually and collaboratively to provide the most comprehensive and child-friendly services for child victims of abuse.  Team agencies include law enforcement officers, juvenile officers, prosecutors, medical personnel, Children’s Division workers, therapists and Children’s Center staff.

    Advocacy

    Our Child Advocates are key in helping the child victim and the non-offending caregivers through the entire investigation process.  The advocate is the first to welcome the child and family, explaining and answering questions about the investigation process.  Child Advocates assist the non-offending caregiver in stabilizing the family unit and protecting the child, act as liaison between the family and multidisciplinary team, and guide the family through the court process.

    Mental Health Services

    Trauma impacts each child differently.  We offer clinical mental health services as an option to children and their non-offending caregivers once they have received a forensic interview.  All mental health services are provided by licensed clinical professionals with trauma and child abuse expertise either through a referral or with a Children’s Center therapist.  Providing a relaxed playful atmosphere, children are free to express their emotions and move through the healing process at their own pace.  It is vital for a non-offending caregiver to participate in the mental health treatment.  Together, they with the child and clinician will find a healthy progress to heal from their traumatic event and develop healthy skills for their future.