A verbal child is provided a one-on-one interview to obtain accurate information. Consideration is given by the trained interviewer to the cognitive development and emotional needs of the child. Information is also obtained prior to the interview from the caregiver accompanying the child.
A comprehensive medical exam is provided to determine if any physical signs of trauma exist, to completed lab work, and to provide assurance to children that they are healthy. Physicians with highly specialized training in assessing abuse complete the exams.
A child advocate will assist the child/family by referring to services needed in the community. The advocate communicates with other professionals on the case during the investigation. The advocate will also attend court with a victim and prepare them prior to court.