FORENSIC INTERVIEWS



Your child will meet with our trained forensic interviewer in one of our child-friendly interview rooms in which they can tell what happened to them.  Each room is decorated with a themed setting.  The pre-teen room is a surrounded with hot air balloons ready to take flight, and the teen room is a colorful array of the New Orleans French Quarter with bright red chairs.

We want your child to feel as in charge of his/her interview as possible by entering the interview room when he/she feels comfortable.  After he/she feels comfortable with the interviewer the child’s statements are recorded and viewed in accordance with statutory guidelines.  Once the interview is over, the NOPD and/or DCFS will meet with you and tell you what they can about the investigation.  They will also answer questions about what will happen next.  Please plan to spend about 90 minutes at the NOCAC for your child’s videotaped interview.

Your child’s interview is part of an investigation.  These taped statements are admissible in court as evidence, making the potential trial experience easier on each child.  Information is protected by confidentiality laws.  The New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center’s objective is to limit the number of interviews conducted during the course of investigation by permitting representatives of the multi-disciplinary team to observe the interview on closed-circuit television.

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1101 Calhoun St. • New Orleans, LA 70118 • (504) 896-9237 • fax (504) 896-9733

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