Mosaic Georgia provides valuable resources for victims of sexual assault and the local community.
FORENSIC INTERVIEWS FAQ
What is a Forensic Interview?
A forensic interview is a structured conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) that a child may have experienced or witnessed.
What is the purpose of a Forensic Interview?
The purposes of a forensic interview are:
- To obtain information from a child that may be helpful in a criminal investigation;
- To assess the safety of the child;
- To obtain information for DFCS and/or Law Enforcement that will either corroborate or refute allegations or suspicions of abuse and neglect;
- To assess the need for medical treatment and psychological care.
Who can request a Forensic Interview?
Forensic Interviews are only conducted at the request of law enforcement, DFCS, and/or the District Attorney’s office.
Who conducts the Forensic Interview?
Forensic Interviews are conducted by trained Forensic Interviewers who have completed at least 40 hours of specialized training on how to interview children. Our trained Forensic Interviewers also participate in monthly national and state peer review meetings to continually develop their skills.
What do I tell my child?
It is important to let your child know that they are coming to Mosaic Georgia to talk to a person that talks to a lot of children about different things. Reassure them that they are not in any trouble and that you are giving them permission to speak to someone freely.
What happens after the Forensic Interview?
After an interview is conducted, DFCS and/or law enforcement will inform you of the next steps in the investigation process.