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. Be sure to reassure your child that they will be alright and you are taking care of them. If your child does tell you additional information please contact your law enforcement detective, social worker, or the Center’s family advocate.
Can I watch the interview?
No. Only law enforcement, Prosecutors and CPS investigators are allowed to observe the interview. This is done to reduce the possible stress that can be placed on the child and to provide a neutral setting for the child and investigation. More information about the forensic interview can be found here. (clickable link to the Forensic interview page)
Who can I ask about the interview?
The law enforcement and CPS investigators are the only agencies able to answer questions regarding the child’s interview. The Center’s interviewers and family advocates are not legally able to provide this information to families.
What should my child know about the interview?
It is helpful to inform your child that someone wishes to talk with him or her about what was reported. It is important to reassure your child and give him or her permission to talk freely; however, it is equally important not to rehearse with your child or tell your child what to say. It is important to reinforce that the child will be in a safe place and the adults that they are visiting will let them know exactly what is happening.
What should my child know about the medical exam?
If your child receives a medical examination (clickable link), explain that this is to make sure that his or her body is healthy and safe. Assure your child that this exam will not hurt and that the medical nurse will tell your child everything that she will be doing prior to the exam. This examination is noninvasive and often resembles a well-child exam he/she would receive from their pediatrician.
What happens after the visit to The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County?
The law enforcement investigators and CPS will determine the best course of action to protect the child’s best interest.
What is the cost for services provided by The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County?
There is no cost to the families and children seen at the center. The center exists because of the generous financial support from our community and grants.