Sometimes law enforcement, Child Protective Services or occassionally the district Attorney’s Office will refer children to Roxanne’s House to record, on DVD, a forensic interview.
Why are forensic interviews sometimes required?
- If anything happened to a child or a child witnessed something, the environment provided by Roxanne’s House and the interviewer will be a safe place for the child to tell what happened in her or his own words.
- A specially trained forensic interviewer conducts the interview. The interviewer is trained to understand children’s language and assess children’s development. The interviewer is also trained to ask questions in a non-leading way.
- Interviews are only conducted for CPS, Law Enforcement agencies and occasionally the District Attorney’s Office. These agencies will follow up on any investigative needs after the interview.
What does a child say in the forensic interview?
- Because each case is handled personally and individually, normally one’s CPS caseworker and assigned Law Enforcement personnel will determine according to their investigation what information can be shared at what time. This can be frustrating at times for the caregiver and child, but each department has complex requirements that determine how each investigation is handled.