The Child Advocacy Center functions as part of a Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) with partners in each of the 14 Missouri counties. Members of the MDT may include members of Law Enforcement, Children’s Division workers, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Justice Center staff, Medical SAFE providers, child and family advocates, mental health therapists, and Child Advocacy Center staff.
Each agency or professional on the MDT has a specific role in the investigation. The Forensic Interviewer is also a member of the MDT; however, the Forensic Interviewer serves as a neutral participant.
The purpose of MDT involvement for all interviews is to assure that the unique needs of children are recognized and met. Informed decision-making occurs at all stages of the case so that children and families benefit from a coordinated response.