Our highly trained Forensic Interviewer conducts legally sound and digitally recorded interviews of children, ages 3 – 16, who have made an allegation of abuse or who have been witness to a violent crime. Interviews are scheduled by either Law Enforcement or a Department of Children & Family Services Worker (DCFS) after a minimal disclosure has been made.
What to expect:
You and your child will be welcomed into the Jefferson CAC’s family waiting room and introduced to the investigative team, comprised of representatives of Law Enforcement, DCFS, if applicable, and the Forensic Interviewer. A JCAC staff member will help to assure that you and your child are comfortable and any general questions answered. Once the child is settled in the waiting room, you will be asked to join the investigative team in a separate conference room to provide any additional information pertinent to the case. During this time, the Forensic Interviewer will explain the interview process, answer questions and provide information about counseling and referrals. You will then return to the waiting room and reassure your child that the Jefferson CAC is a safe place. The Forensic Interviewer will then come out and ask your child if he or she would like to go to the talking room. If your child agrees, the Forensic Interviewer and child will proceed to the talking room. Once in the talking room, rapport will be established, verbal and developmental skills assessed and the interview process/ground rules explained. At no time will a child be forced or coerced to do an interview. Parents/Caretakers/Siblings will remain in the family waiting room and at no time be allowed to view the interview.
Please expect this to take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.