40 years of helping children.
40 years of helping children.

In essence, children often do not have the vocabulary to fully express how they’ve been abused. Their stories are filtered and reflected back to them through the perspectives of the adults to whom they’ve disclosed, and can come off sounding rehearsed or inauthentic.

At CARE House, and at all CACs, forensic interviewers are trained to conduct their interviews in a neutral, child-focused way, and they adjust their approach based on the specific age or developmental stage of the client. In this way, the child is able to disclose the abuse in their own words, on their own terms. Additionally, forensic interviews often testify in court, and use their own professional experience to support the testimonies of abused children.

In order to break the cycle of abuse, children have to be able to give voice to the truths of their own experiences, adults have to listen when children have something to say. At CARE House, we empower children to speak out and help to ensure that their voices are heard.