What to Expect

Our center is a yellow building that resembles a home, and we have done our best to make it a warm and comforting environment. When you arrive, a staff member will help you get settled in our living room. Non-offending family members are invited to come with, but may not be with the child during the interview process.

The interviews take place in a child-friendly room, which minimizes the stress to the child and allows the interviewer to gather accurate information regarding the allegations. The interview proceeds at the child’s pace and are conducted in a non-threatening and developmentally appropriate manner.

All interviews are recorded. This is done in an effort to minimize the number of people your child has to speak with regarding the concerns. The information obtained is kept by DCFS and law enforcement.

How To Prepare For Your Visit

DO

  • Tell your child they will be visiting a house and talking to a person whose job it is to talk with kids/teenagers

  • Give your child permission to talk with the interviewers

  • Tell your child it is a safe place to talk about anything, even if they have never told you

DON’T

  • Ask your child questions about the allegations

  • Tell your child what to say

  • Promise treats or rewards to your child for talking

  • Try to answer questions you don’t have the answers for

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