A forensic interview is a comprehensive approach for questioning by a trained professional. CAS works with law enforcement and child protective investigators in our safe and friendly Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) to talk with children who may have been abused. The CAC is designed to be non-threatening and reduce anxiety for children and familes. Forensic interview appointments are made by law enforcement or child protection investigators.
The CAC provides ongoing advocacy and resources to each child and family referred to our program. Resources on understanding childhood behaviors, safety planning, child protection skills, and other local community services are offered to each family. Routine multi-disciplinary team reviews are conducted as a follow-up measure to those referred for services.
We provide individual, family, and group counseling services to anyone referred to our CAC Program free of charge. Also, we accept community based counseling referrals and offer these services on a sliding fee scale.
Prevention and Education
We conduct ongoing education and prevention services for interested groups on child abuse prevention, safety and protection, mandated reporting, dating violence, and childhood development factors. Staff will schedule presentations for civic clubs, organizations, school groups, municipal offices, daycares, hospitals, or those working with children and families.