Services We Provide
The River Valley Child Advocacy Center provides four services to suspected child abuse victims: Forensic Interviewing, Advocacy, Mental Health, and Medical Examinations.
A Forensic Interview is a fact-finding interview conducted by a specially trained professional at the request of law enforcement or Child Protective Services. They are designed to provide children the opportunity to disclose abuse to a neutral party in a setting that is more comfortable for the child than traditional interview rooms. Each interview is video recorded so that the child does not have to retell the detailed story of their trauma to multiple people throughout the process of investigation. The recorded interviews can be provided to law enforcement or Child Protective Services.
From the time of disclosure of abuse to the end of the legal process can sometimes take months or years. The River Valley Child Advocacy Center provides support for the child and his/her family throughout the process. This support takes the form of working collaboratively with the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and the family to ensure the client's voice is heard.
Specialized mental health services are made available as part of the team response to children.
Specialized medical evaluations and treatment are made available to clients.
RVCAC's mission is to provide safe, respectful, coordinated and consistent evidence-based and peer reviewed interventions that help children and families heal from their unique traumas experienced from child sexual abuse, severe child physical abuse, or other child abuse situations deemed appropriate for services of forensic interviewing, advocacy, mental health, and medical examinations.