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Forensic Interviews

A forensic interview is a neutral, fact-finding interaction between a child and a specially trained forensic interviewer in response to allegations of abuse or neglect. Forensic interviews are conducted at the request of law enforcement and/or Child Protective Services (CPS) after a report of suspected abuse has been made.

The Purpose of a Forensic Interview


Gather Information

Forensic interviews are used to obtain critical information from the child. The interview is observed by law enforcement and CPS. It is not used in lieu of a child's testimony if the case goes to trial. Instead, it is a launching point for a civil or criminal investigation. 


Assess Needs

Information gathered during a forensic interview can determine the need for a medical evaluation or psychological care. 


Assess Safety

Forensic interviewers assess for all types of safety risks, ensuring the child is safe in their home or anywhere else they regularly visit. 


Reduce Trauma

Forensic interviewers are trained to ask children questions that won't retraumatize them or tarnish their statement. Our interviewers are trained in a number of interviewing protocols to best meet the needs of the child and the investigation. 

How Forensic Interviews Work

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In the interview room, the child has a non-leading, fact-finding conversation with a trained professional. Meanwhile, in another room, investigators with law enforcement and Child Protective Services record and watch the interview via a closed-circuit television.

You've got questions. We've got answers.

Does your child have an upcoming forensic interview? See a list of our most frequently asked questions.

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