The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast MO

Our Services:

Forensic Services

The purpose of a Forensic Interview is to obtain a statement from a child or developmentally disabled adult in a developmentally and culturally sensitive, unbiased, and fact-finding manner.

The Child Advocacy Center has expert Forensic Interviewers on staff to complete interviews for children and developmentally disabled adults who may have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and for children who witness a violent crime. This interview is the beginning phase of an investigation along with the related services to assist the child and involved caregiver in the healing process.

The Child Advocacy Center has taken an additional step to ensure that children and developmentally disabled adults have support during their Forensic Interviews by adding a Facility Dog to our team. The presence of a Facility Dog can be a source of comfort and may allow a child to share more about their experience. Our facility dog, Reka, was specially trained by CHAMP Assistance Dogs. Their primary job is to provide comfort and support to these individuals during their time of need.

The Facts

43,832Children received Prevention Education in 2021
The largest age group we saw for forensic interviews in 2021 was 7-12 years old.
In 2021, 889 of our cases involved sexual abuse.
In 2021 1,224 Children received forensic interviewed about alleged abuse​
In 2021 2,636 Adults received Prevention Education
90% of child sexual abuse is by someone the child likes, loves, or lives with.
1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18.
Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year.
Children 3 years old and younger have the highest maltreatment rate.
Only 5% to 16% of child sexual abuse victims report and false allegations are rare
Sex offenders are 3.5x more likely to confess if a child has had a forensic interview at a child advocacy center

Meet Reka

Date of Birth: September 21, 2013
Weight: 45 lbs
Breed: Chocolate Lab
Hobbies: Hanging out with humans- especially the little ones, cuddling on the couch, and playing ball for the thrill of the chase