When child abuse is reported, a multidisciplinary team is called into action. The team consists of representatives from:
- Law enforcement
- Children’s Division
- Mental Health
- Victim Advocacy
- Child Advocacy Center
This team works together throughout the course of the case, sharing information and coordinating contact with the victim to reduce additional trauma and improve the delivery of services.
The Child Advocacy Center’s role on this team is to provide an interagency coordinated response center. We help facilitate the sharing of information between agencies and help keep non-offending parents updated on the status of the case.
This multidisciplinary team approach provides the agencies involved with access to more information, and streamlines evidence gathering.
Victims benefit from reduced stress and anxiety with a process that involves fewer interviews and more timely referrals for needed services.
Responds to reports of child abuse, investigates the allegations in conjunction with DSS, and makes arrests when appropriate.
Department of Social Services/Children’s Division
Responds to reports of child abuse, investigates the allegations in conjunction with law enforcement, and works to ensure children are safe.
Mental Health Services
Provides evidence-based and trauma-focused mental health treatment to children who have experienced abuse or other traumatizing events.
Intervenes in juvenile matters related to delinquency, status, child abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights as well as assists offending youth with programming and services.
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Reviews cases with members of Multidisciplinary Team to guide the child abuse investigations, determines whether prosecution in criminal court is appropriate, and prepares cases for trial.
Child & Family Advocacy Services
Provides children and their families/caregivers with support and education about the investigation and criminal justice process, and linkage to community resources.
Provides comprehensive physical exams for children with allegations or concerns of abuse.
Forensic Interview Services
Interviews children who may have experienced abuse, using a nationally recognized forensic interview model.