At WCCAC, our mission is to reduce the trauma of child maltreatment by providing a child-oriented environment for the coordination, multidisciplinary investigation, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect victims of Walker County.
Our services include a forensic interview, a MDT investigation, and referrals for specialized medical exams and mental health services, which are tailored to each child and family’s clinical, financial, linguistics, and cultural needs. In addition to victim services, community training is provided by the WCCAC in the areas of recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.
A forensic interview is a single session, recorded interview designed to elicit a child’s unique information when there are concerns of possible abuse or when the child has witnessed violence against another person.
The forensic interview is conducted in a supportive and non-leading manner by a professional trained in the NCAC Forensic Interview model. Interviews are remotely observed by representatives of the agencies involved in the investigation (such as law enforcement and child protective services).
During the forensic interview process, a trained forensic interviewer will interview your child in a private, age-appropriate room. The rest of the team observes and records the interview from an adjoining room through closed circuit television monitoring. This allows the team to hear your child’s disclosure and address any investigative and protective concerns at one time. The interview is conducted in a developmentally appropriate and legally sound manner.