Forensic Interviews

 What is a forensic interview?

A Forensic Interview is a non-leading objective interview that is conducted in a manner that is legally sound, of a fact finding nature and coordinated to avoid multiple interviewing (in an effort to prevent re-traumatizing a child).  This interview is conducted at the Valley Children’s Advocacy Center in a child friendly environment, by a trained forensic interviewer.  Multidisciplinary team members (may include law enforcement, CPS, Victim Witness, Foster Care workers, etc.) that have jurisdiction on a case are present to observe the interview and collaborate after the interview to determine the best course of action to take on behalf of each child.  The interview is digitally recorded which helps eliminate the need for additional interviews and becomes property of law enforcement.

Each of our Forensic Interviewers completed ChildFirst®, an intense training course uniquely designed by and for front-line child abuse professionals. This course applies the latest research to real-world situations. ChildFirst® models the multidisciplinary approach and encourages ongoing critiques of students’ interviewing skills through scheduled peer reviews. The ChildFirst® forensic interview course has been approved by the National Children’s Alliance to meet accreditation standards.

Report Child Abuse:

 Child Protective Services  (540) 245-5800 ext. 6

                 In-State Hotline  (800) 552-7096

                 Out-of-State Hotline    (804) 786-8536

                 Hearing Impaired  (800) 828-1120