Before there were Children’s Justice Centers (called Children’s Advocacy Centers, or CACs in other parts of the country), investigation of child abuse required multiple interviews of the child victim by the police, social services, medical personnel, mental health professionals and attorneys. Each interview occurred at a different place and rarely in a setting that was familiar or comfortable for the child.
Now, the Children’s Justice Center provides a homelike environment where a single interview is conducted by a trained child forensic interviewer, and all of the professionals then work together to provide the best-possible outcome for the child and family.
The Washington County Multidisciplinary Team includes representatives from:
- Law enforcement
- Child Protective Services
- Mental health
- Victim advocacy
- Child forensic interviewer
- Children’s Justice Center