What to Expect after the Referral
After an interview is requested by law enforcement or the Children's Division, a Child Advocate from Child Safe will be in contact with the parent or caregiver to schedule the interview appointment date and time. They will also coordinate with the other investigators assigned to the case to make sure they can attend the interview.
Friendly Greeting for Children & Caregivers
When the child and caregiver arrives at Child Safe for their appointment they are greeted by our professional, but caring team member who helps put the child at ease and answers any preliminary questions from the family. Our team member will show the child the interview room prior to the interview just to help them feel comfortable and welcome. Once the child is comfortable, the forensic interviewer with introduce themselves.
We listen . . . children have a voice.
We want children and their families to heal, but to do this we need to start with the child or teen’s formal and detailed statement of what happened.
Help for the family.
During the child's interview, a Child Advocate meets with the child's family to listen to them, offer support and understanding, provide crisis intervention, referrals for specialized medical and mental health services, and information about the investigation and legal process.
Trauma-informed therapy services are offered to every child and their non-offending caregiver seen at Child Safe.
Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)
Teaming Up Against Child Abuse. Many Agencies - One Focus - Our Children.
Part of the Child Safe team consists of members from other disciplines who make up our multi-disciplinary team:
- Children’s Division
- Law Enforcement
- The Juvenile Office
- Prosecutors Office
- Medical Experts
- Mental Health Professionals