What to Expect?
Our Center is a house, and we have done our best to make it a warm and comforting environment. When you arrive, a staff member will help you get settled in our living room. Non-offending family members are invited to come with, but may not be with the child during the interview process.
Outside of the Children's Advocacy Center
The interview takes place in a child friendly room which minimizes the stress to the child and allows the interviewer to gather accurate information regarding the allegations. The interview proceeds at the child’s pace and is conducted in a non-threatening and developmentally appropriate manner.
All interviews are recorded. This is done in an effort to minimize the number of people your child has to speak with regarding the concern. The information obtained is kept by the Department of Children and Family Services and/or law enforcement.
The interview is observed by the team. The team may consist of Law Enforcement, a State’s Attorney and an investigator from the Department of Children and Family Services.
After the interview, the team will meet with the parents/guardian to discuss the actions and investigation. The staff at the Center will follow up with information on referrals for medical exams if needed, counseling, or other needed resources or referrals.