Preparing for your visit and what comes next

Preparing for your visit and what comes next

Before your scheduled visit

If you and your child is preparing for a visit to Sylvia’s CAC, there are some things you can do to help.

  • Aavoid asking your child to talk about their situation or what happened unless your child asks a question or brings it up on their own. This part can be difficult for some families, but it is in the best interest of the case as it works through the judicial system.
  • Remind them they are not in trouble, and we’re just here to talk.

The CAC is here, so your child doesn’t have to repeatedly re-tell their account.

A child sits on a purple armchair with a teddy bear, looking out the window.

Forensic interviews that are comfortable, child-friendly, and age-appropriate

The first time a child discloses abuse is often difficult for them

Next to that, another stressful time for them is often the car ride to the CAC. To soothe their nerves, walk your kids through what we’re here to do.

  • Tell them we’re here to help, and that they must be brave, and that you believe in them.
  • Remind them you’re proud of them, and that they did absolutely nothing wrong.
  • Explain to them that there are no right or wrong answers when they talk with the interviewer, what matters is to be open and truthful.
  • Show them photos of Sylvia‘s CAC on this website if they seem nervous about coming to a new place.

During and after the interview, your Victim Advocate is ready

Unless a detective or caseworker says otherwise, your time at Sylvia’s CAC is done when the interview is complete. But if you have questions, ask. If you’re not sure what to do next, don’t worry — that’s perfectly normal. Your Victim Advocate can help you understand what’s next.

We will also refer you to excellent physicians and medical health professionals. This can include counseling or therapy, a physical examination, or all of the above. These offerings are all optional, and most are provided at little or no-cost. 

We encourage you to take advantage of everything offered to you. It’s not charity — it’s helping you help your child, all with the mission of helping them grow up to be a happy, healthy adult.

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