Family Advocacy services are provided to the parents and guardians of children who participate in forensic interviews, although other caregivers may be referred to the program as well. These services are designed to give support and education to caregivers in a one-on-one setting or through support groups.
Mission of Family Advocacy Services
To support caregivers of children who have allegedly been sexually abused so that they may support their children.
Crisis interviews are conducted by the family advocate with the caregivers while their child is being forensically interviewed. A crisis interview explores the abuse-related needs of the caregivers, provides education on the investigation process, and provides general reassurance and support. After the crisis interview, the family advocate follows up with the caregivers for up to several months to assist with any additional services and referrals the family may need.
Individual Support Services
A caregiver may ask for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly meeting with the family advocate for individual services, guiding them through the child abuse system.
Group Support Services
A caregiver may also choose to take part in a 6-8-week group service. The group is designed to provide information and supportive activities to families whose children have received services at the center.
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