What to Expect
- The CAC is a safe and comfortable place for your child to express in their own words what they might have experienced or seen.
- A trained forensic interviewer conducts the interview. The interviewer is trained to understand children’s communication, assess a child’s development, and ask necessary questions to focus on allegations in a supportive and non –leading manner.
- Referrals for interviews are only made by CAC’s partner agencies: DCFS, law enforcement, or the State’s Attorney.
- Once you arrive, you will complete an intake form and meet the CAC staff that will be working with you and your child.
- The CAC staff will explain the forensic interview process and the role of the CAC.
- After the forensic interview is completed, the investigators involved in your case will meet with you to discuss the next steps and to answer your questions
- You will also meet the CAC staff to discuss any referrals you might need, such as counseling and other support services
DID YOU KNOW?
- Every year more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protecting agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. (a referral can include multiple children)
- A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
- The United States loses an average of 4 to 7 children every day to child abuse and neglect.