What is a Forensic Interview?
A forensic interview is a means of gathering information from a child victim or witness for use in a legal setting. Interviews are child sensitive, unbiased, developmentally and culturally appropriate and fact-finding in nature. A forensic interview is a well coordinated event that occurs at the Warren Washington C.A.R.E. Center to avoid duplicative interviewing during the investigation into child abuse or maltreatment.
At the Warren-Washington C.A.R.E. Center, we follow the New York State best practices in forensic interviewing standards. Interviews are conducted by highly trained professionals and are done a safe, trauma-informed manner.
Information for Caregivers
If the child you’re caring for has to be forensically interviewed, here is what you can expect:
- You will be greeted by one of our friendly C.A.R.E. Center Staff and taken into Our Family Waiting Room, where we will ensure that you and your family are comfortable. Click here to learn about our Coronavirus Protocols.
- You will be introduced to an advocate who will be there to provide support and accurate information to your family throughout the entire investigation process.
- We will build a relationship with you and your child to ensure that they feel safe and reassured about our process.
- Our trained forensic interviewer will then ask your child to step into our interview room and begin the interview.
- Typically, you can expect to be at the C.A.R.E Center for 2 hours, however this estimation may run shorter or longer depending on the circumstances.
- Following the completion of our interview, if applicable, we will summarize and provide you with whatever insights we can with the understanding that it is an open investigation.