You can let your child know:
- They are not in any trouble.
- It is important that they talk about the truth.
- It is a safe place and the alleged offender will not be there.
- They will be talking to someone who talks to kids all the time about keeping kids safe.
- Explain that you will not be in the interview room with your child, but nearby in a waiting room and you will be there when they are finished.
On the day of the Forensic Interview:
- You will be greeted by an interviewer who will meet your child (children) and go over any concerns you have before starting.
- The interviewer will meet one-on-one with your child in the interview room where a team will sit behind a one-way mirror to observe the interview. (Parents/Caregivers are not permitted in the interview/observation area at any time while the child is being interviewed).
- After the interview, the parent/caregiver will meet with the team to discuss what happened, talk about next steps to be taken, and discuss any referrals that need to be made.
- Please try to schedule the interview during a time when you child is the most attentive and engaged.
- Please be sure your child is not hungry and minimize sugar intake before coming to the interview.
- We ask that you try not to bring another child to the interview unless requested by the team specifically to do so.
- Feel free to bring another supportive adult or someone the child feels comfortable with on the day of the interview.