FORENSIC INTERVIEWS: Child Forensic Interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a neutral, fact-finding nature and coordinated to avoid multiple interviews. The interview is conducted in an environment in which the child feels safe telling the facts of any incident which may have occurred. Interviews are conducted by trained CAC staff and are observed by a detective and a Child Protective Services worker as well as being recorded onto DVD to aid in the prosecution of an offender and to eliminate the need for the child to undergo multiple interviews. Our Forensic Interviewer also serves as an “expert witness” in court proceedings.
FORENSIC MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS: Because physical evidence of abuse, particularly sexual abuse, must be obtained quickly, delays in examining a child may result in lost evidence. The UCCAC provides a quality medical facility used strictly for child abuse examinations. A pediatric physician or a pediatric nurse practitioner, with specialized training and expertise in child abuse, examines victims on site, thereby, eliminating long waits in the emergency room. Children are examined by appointment and after hours for emergencies.
COUNSELING: CAC Therapists are licensed mental health service providers who have very specialized training in working with child abuse victims. They provide direct assessment, individual and group counseling, and support services. Clinicians are specially trained to deal with the intricate problems relating to child victimization. Children who are referred for counseling may continue in counseling as long as necessary.
FAMILY ADVOCACY: The CAC Family Advocate assists the non-offending parent or caretaker with services needed to maintain a safe and stable environment for their child. In addition, the Family Advocate provides emotional support to the caregiver as well as parenting information helpful to caregivers in meeting the needs of an abused child.
VICTIM SERVICES: The Victim Services Coordinator assists the child and the non offending family members by providing support and locating resources. The Service Coordinator establishes a relationship with each family and facilitates the linkage with other community resources based on a family’s individual need. The Advocate will also educate and assist children and families throughout the judicial process.
EDUCATION: The Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Adult Prevention trainings as well as the Children’s Education program. The Education Coordinator presents training sessions at the CAC and Health Department, as well as in school/church trainings, and in school presentations for the Children’s Education portion.
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