Since the children have already experienced trauma from the abuse, special care must be taken during the interview process. Children and teenagers are interviewed in a home-like environment so they will feel more secure and relaxed when telling their story. Forensic interviews of teens and children are the cornerstone of the Child Advocacy Center Program and child abuse investigations. These interviews are provided by a trained interviewer in an unbiased and fact-finding manner. The child is given the opportunity to talk to the interviewer about what they have experienced or know that resulted in a concern about abuse. The interview is observed through closed circuit TV by the professionals who need to know what happened so the child will only have to talk about the details of what happened during this interview.
Free counseling is provided by a trained, professional counselor for children and teens who come through the Black Belt Regional Child Advocacy Center. The counseling is designed to reduce the impacts of the abuse and help the child heal and become stronger. Also, the counselor can meet with the non-offending parent/caregiver and siblings if needed, to help them deal with their emotions and feelings.
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