How It Works

Children who are identified as potential victims of abuse are directed to the DCCAC by Children and Youth Services, Local Law Enforcement or the District Attorney’s Office. After receiving a referral, DCCAC staff will coordinate with team members and the family to schedule an interview, usually within 5 days.

During the interview, the child is empowered to talk about their experience in their own way, at their own pace. As the interview occurs, the multidisciplinary investigative team observes the live interview through a closed circuit television in another room.

After the interview, the investigative team discusses next steps and meets with the family. The child and family are referred for medical and other needed services.

The DCCAC follows a national, research-based, multi-disciplinary model for responding to allegations of child abuse. This model has been shown to reduce the need for children to testify about their abuse in court, increase successful prosecution of child abusers, and make it easier for families to navigate the criminal justice system.

The DCCAC is part of Family Support Line, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Partners

The Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center coordinates a multidisciplinary team to investigate allegations involving a child. The professionals involved with the investigation may include representatives from:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Children & Youth Services Case Worker
  • Forensic Interviewer
  • Family Advocate
  • Medical Provider