Forensic Services

The CAC Forensic Interview Team assists area law enforcement and DFCS investigators by conducting specialized and unique interviews of children who are making an outcry of abuse. The goal of a forensic interview is to gather important information from children in a neutral, non-leading, developmentally sensitive, and legally defensible manner.

Successful prosecution of child abuse cases begin with a thorough investigation. At the core of that investigation, the ability to ensure the safety and protection of children often starts with the initial forensic interview conducted by our trained team of professionals.

The forensic interview process allows partner agencies to observe the interview as it is being conducted, allowing for a collaborative team approach to listening to a child’s disclosure and therefore protecting the integrity of the information gathered. This approach allows investigative parties to thoroughly assess the child’s safety and possible criminal offenses that may have been committed. The forensic interview is often a critical part of not only the initial investigation but also the criminal prosecution at trial. CAC Forensic Interviewers are often called upon at trail to provide both fact and expert witness testimony to aid in successful prosecution of offenders.