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Here are some answers to common questions parents and guardians have before bringing their child to the Bucks County Children's Advocacy Center.  If you have addition questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 267-927-0639.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE BUCKS COUNTY CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER?

Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a child friendly facility with three locations (Jamison, Fairless Hills and Perkasie, Pennsylvania) to accommodate central, lower and upper Bucks County residents.  When there are allegations of abuse, children can be interviewed by someone specially trained to interview children (Forensic Interviewer).  A multidisciplinary team of professionals representing Bucks County Children and Youth, law enforcement and the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, watch the interview through a closed-circuit television in another room. This allows the interview to remain one-on-one between the child and the interviewer, so as not to overwhelm the child. A Family Support Advocate greets the child and their parents/caregivers upon arrival and guides parents/caregivers through the interview process. The Family Support Advocate provides support, valuable information and referral resources.

WHO WILL TALK WITH MY CHILD?

Your child will talk to a specially trained Forensic Interviewer (FI).  The Forensic Interviewer has on-going extensive training in interviewing children and areable to recognize individual needs and make accommodations. The FI remains neutral and focuses on gathering information at your child’s pace.  The interview is not a counseling session, but rather a conversation using open-ended, non-leading, legally sound questions. 

CAN I WATCH THE INTERVIEW?

No. Only members of the multidisciplinary team who are involved in the investigation are permitted to observe the interview.  This reduces the stress that children may feel when talking about what may have happened. When the interview is finished, the parent/caregiver meets with the multidisciplinary team to ask questions, receive feedback, and plan follow-up steps. 

SHOULD I TALK TO MY CHILD ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?

No. If your child brings up the subject and wants to talk about it, listen without questioning. Thank your child for talking to you and validate any feelings they be epressing. If your child does tell you something that seems like new information, contact your law enforcement officer, Children & Youth Worker, or the Bucks County Children’s Advocacy Center.

FAMILY SUPPORT ADVOCATE SERVICES

Before, during and after the interview an Family Support Advocate is available to you. The Family Support Advocate provides support, information and referral services. The advocate has access to information about medical evaluation, counseling services as well as financial assistance through Crime Victim’s Compensation.