As outlined by the National Children’s Advocacy center, “forensic services are provided to children who may have experienced abuse or who have witnessed a crime or other violent act. The primary aim of forensic services is to aid in ensuring the safety of the individual child as well as other children in the community. Forensic services are provided in a safe and child-friendly environment.”
An extended forensic interview is a called multi-session forensic interview (MSFI.) This practice recognizes that some children may need more than one interview to talk about allegations of abuse or involvement in violent crime. MSFIs are generally considered for children with special developmental considerations or children who are having a particularly difficult time processing trauma that has occurred.
Forensic interviews at the Child Advocacy Center are conducted by our forensic interview specialists who have received advanced training on the forensic interviewing of child victims and/or witnesses. It is appropriate to encourage children to speak truthfully with the forensic interviewer. However, please do not tell your child what to say or not to say during the interview. The forensic interviewer does not make investigative case decisions, but does have the ability to work with other staff at The Gingerbread House to make referrals for services as needed.