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Forensics

Working Together to Minimize Childhood Trauma

819

Forensic Interviews Conducted

574

Forensic Medical Exams

1380

Cases Coordinated by Team Relations

Forensics Team - CCP

Forensic Services

The Center for Child Protection is the only non-profit in Travis County involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children. Together with law enforcement, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Dell Children’s Medical Center and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, the Center works to ensure that a child’s best interest is at the core of the investigation process.

Forensic Interview With Child

What is a Forensic Interview?

A forensic interview is a non-leading, developmentally sensitive method of gathering information from children. These recorded statements are conducted by a specially trained, unbiased professional in a legally defensible manner.

Clients are interviewed at the Center in a safe, non-threatening environment. In a separate room, agency partners observe the interview as it is being conducted, which allows for a collaborative team approach, therefore protecting the integrity of the information gathered. This approach allows investigative parties to thoroughly assess child safety issues and possible criminal offenses that may have been committed, all while meeting the emotional needs of the child.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I schedule a Forensic Interview for my child?
My child was scheduled for a Forensic Interview, what should I tell her/him?
Who do I call if I need to cancel or reschedule my child’s appointment to be interviewed?
Where do I go for my child’s scheduled Forensic Interview?
Who can come to the scheduled Forensic Interview?
How long does the appointment last?
What should I expect when I arrive for my child’s Forensic Interview?

Included Services

Crisis intervention and support

Risk assessment and safety planning

Psychoeducation on the dynamics of abuse and trauma

Education on the criminal and civil process

Linkage to therapeutic and concrete services

Court education, support during court preparation, and accompaniment to trial

Emergency mental health evaluation during forensic, medical, and court appointments

Advocacy and support during medical and sexual assault forensic examinations

Family Advocate Services - Forsensics

Family Advocate Services

Families who go through the forensic interview process also receive support services from a Center for Child Protection Family Advocate or a law enforcement victim services personnel. Support services help ensure families are connected to the individuals working on their case, are aware of available resources that might be helpful to their family and have the information they need to both help their child heal and support them throughout the legal process.