Forensic Interviews

Forensic interviews provide children a safe place to share their story, in their own words, to experts who will listen, protect, and help them heal.

The McHenry County Children’s Advocacy Center assists all local law enforcement agencies in McHenry County and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), by conducting child-sensitive, forensic interviews.

Our forensic interviewers are specially trained to ask children a series of unbiased, non-leading questions in a one-on-one setting, to elicit information about the abuse in an age- and developmentally-appropriate manner.

The forensic interview process allows our MDT partners to observe the interview as it is being conducted. This allows for a collaborative team approach to taking the child’s statement, therefore protecting the integrity of the information gathered. It also allows investigative parties to thoroughly assess child safety issues and possible criminal offenses that may have been committed.