Interviews of the child victim are conducted in a child-friendly, safe, supportive environment by a trained forensic interviewer. Members of the multi-disciplinary team observe from another room while the interview is being recorded. The recorded interview can be used in court as evidence. Conducting the interviews in this format reduces the likelihood of the child being interviewed multiple times by many different professionals in a variety of locations. Multiple interviews re-traumatize the child by causing them to revisit the abuse. Reducing the number of interviews while being consistent with the interviewer and the interview environment means less trauma to the abused child. It is the goal of the Center to minimize the number of interviews to insulate the children.
Therapeutic services are provided for the child and their non-offending family members or legal guardian to help them heal from the emotional wounds associated with the trauma of abuse.
Staffing of abuse cases
Staffing of abuse cases may occur after the interview but includes cases that may not require an interview such as neglect cases. A case remains open until the child and family have completed all recommended therapy. Staffings are held routinely with representatives of the multi-disciplinary team in attendance. Staffings may result in additional individual and/or family counseling or continued monitoring of the case from a law enforcement or Department of Children and Families perspective. Multidisciplinary Team staffings occur routinely twice per month at the CAC, but are also held on an as needed basis for high risk situations or situations in which the team needs to meet as soon as possible to ensure safety of the children or integrity of the criminal case. The staffing services bring together the child protection professionals working with a case to share information, discuss plans for the case, decreases the likelihood of duplication of services, and ensures follow through with necessary services has occurred. In essence, staffings keep children from falling through the cracks of the system by addressing those gaps and resolving them with the multidisciplinary team approach
Management of Abuse Cases
Management of Abuse Cases occurs at the Center as well. The Center serves as the point of contact for abuse cases from the referral until services are no longer needed by the abused child or their family or guardian. The trauma caused by abuse effects all children and those who are close to them in different ways. Treatment length and type depends on the individual and nature of abuse. Professionals at the Center follow a case until services are no long needed.