Children’s Advocacy Center
2855 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Assessing abuse and safety.
A forensic interview may be conducted at the Center after a report has been made that a child may have been a victim of sexual abuse to law enforcement or Children’s Protective Services (CPS).
- Forensic interviewers are trained in the State of Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol.
- Forensic interviews are intended to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) a child may have experienced.
- Forensic interviews help assess whether a child has been abused, develop a plan for the child’s safety, and lay the groundwork for the criminal prosecution of the abuser.
The interview process is developmentally sensitive, unbiased and truth-seeking to support the fair and accurate decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems.
The process tests any alternative explanation for the allegation(s) in order to allow for a thorough investigation.