Family Advocacy services are provided to the parents and guardians of children who participate in forensic interviews. These services are designed to give support and education to caregivers in a one-on-one setting or through support groups. Victim support and advocacy are key components for any advocacy center. Even with support from the individuals working on the case, the very nature of the investigation can be traumatic.

parent supportCrisis Interview

Crisis interviews are conducted by the family advocate with the caregivers while their child is being forensically interviewed. A crisis interview explores the abuse-related needs of the caregivers, provides education on the investigation process, and provides general reassurance and support. After the crisis interview, the family advocate follows up with the caregivers for up to several months to assist with any additional services and referrals the family may need.

Individual Support Services

A caregiver may ask for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meeting with the family advocate for individual services, guiding them through the child abuse system.
Our victim advocates are trained and knowledgeable of the court systems as well as the work of child protection, law enforcement, prosecution and the medical components of an investigation. Advocacy services consist of:

  • Welcoming and orienting the child and family to the CSC.
  • Providing crisis intervention during the initial visit.
  • Providing the parties involved with information regarding the criminal justice system.
  • Providing the child and family a consistent contact person throughout the justice process.
  • Providing the victim and other witnesses with a better understanding of the justice process and their role in it.
  • Enhancing the cooperation of the family in the court process.
  • Accompanying the child and non-offending parent to court.
  • Facilitating linkages with other types of concrete services, i.e., housing, food, job services, clothing.

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