Suspected Child Abuse Forensic Services
The Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children conducts both Forensic Interviews and Forensic Medical Examinations of suspected child abuse.
Forensic Interviews: Forensic Interviews are ordered by law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office or Child Protective Services. The Barbara Sinatra Center offers a child friendly environment and state of the art recording equipment to assist in the evidence gathering to assist in the prosecution of suspected child maltreatment including: sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and witness to violence. The Forensic Interview Department is staffed by a full time on-site Forensic Interviewer. Over 400 Forensic Interviews are conducted annually at the Children’s Center.
Forensic Medical Exams: Forensic Medical Exams are ordered by law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office or the Forensic Interviewer. The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center conducts both sexual abuse medical exams and physical abuse medical exams in a child friendly environment. When called for, full skeletal radiology service will be provided at the main hospital on the Eisenhower campus where the Children’s Center is also located. The medical exams are conducted by a leading Child Abuse Nurse Examiner and reviewed by a leading Forensic Pediatrician. Over 80 forensic medical exams are conducted annually.
Immediate Triage: Once a forensic interview or forensic medical exam is conducted, the child’s parents or guardian are directed to the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Intake Coordinator to immediately schedule therapy for the child if desired.
Multidisciplinary Team (MDT): On a monthly basis, the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children holds a MDT meeting involving area detectives and investigators, representatives from CPS, prosecutors from the District Attorney’s office, the Children’s Center nurse examiner, the Children’s Center Medical Director, the Children’s Center Forensic Interviewer, and senior management from the Children’s Center. The MDT meeting is used to review cases, to explore best practices, as a training seminar, and to discuss ways to improve service to the children and families that are served.