Children and teens must have a case opened by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, and one of those two agencies will determine if the victim should come to the Center for an interview. The Center cannot interview an alleged victim without referral from either law enforcement or Child Protective Services. One or both of these agencies are present for the interview and will watch the interview via closed circuit TV from an adjoining space.
In a room created to be child-friendly, a child development specialist interviews the child, who may have suffered sexual abuse or physical abuse, may have witnessed a serious crime or abuse to others, or may simply be at risk. With the goal of reducing trauma to the child, each interview is digitally recorded so the child victim only has to give his testimony one time. In its neutral capacity, the Center does not make decisions regarding what happens to a child after his outcry. This is solely the responsibility of law enforcement and CPS.