The Children's Advocacy Center of the New River Valley (CACNRV), located in Christiansburg, Virginia, is a child-friendly interviewing facility with a trained Forensic Interviewer and a Family Advocate, and facilitates Multidisciplinary Team response to child abuse investigations. The CACNRV proudly serves the Counties of Montgomery, Floyd and Pulaski, the City of Radford, as well as a variety of courtesy jurisdictions. In 2017, the CACNRV served 150 children through forensic interviews and family advocacy services. Our goal is to reduce the trauma to children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases by providing a safe space for children to share their experiences in their own words with experts who will listen to them, protect them, and help them heal.
What does the CACNRV offer to children and their families?
A child friendly place…
• Where trained professionals, as part of the Multidisciplinary Team, can work together to improve the safety and well-being of children through intervention and prevention in their communities.
A specially trained Forensic Interviewer…
• Who has completed extensive training in how to talk to children about allegations of abuse;
• Who has conducted many child interviews and has been able to gain feedback and suggestions from other professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect
Video recording capabilities…
• Allowing the interview to be recorded so that the child’s exact statement is available to the investigators and there is no question as to what the child reported;
• Giving the investigators their own copy of the interview to be used for their investigation. This will help to minimize the number of times the child has to describe the event;
• Enabling the child to describe the events that have occurred to one professional, instead of multiple adults in the room.
A supportive Family Advocate…
• Who supports non-offending caretakers throughout the investigative process, including court accompaniment when requested
• Who provides 24/7 crisis intervention and support
• Who provides referrals to services, especially counseling, for the child and family members in order to start the healing process and overcome their trauma
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