Kids Hope helps children become children again. We are an advocacy center that provides children believed to be victims of neglect, physical abuse and/or sexual abuse a safe place to be interviewed by a specially trained forensic interviewer.
The forensic interview process is research based, and designed to allow children to talk about events they have experienced or witnessed in a neutral, supportive setting. These interviews are video and audio recorded and may be monitored by necessary parties. The interview recording is provided to law enforcement, and/or Child Protective Services and may be used in criminal court proceedings.
Children may receive referrals to medical and therapeutic professionals as well as other community resources.
Non-offending family members (caregivers) may meet with law enforcement investigators to discuss criminal investigations. Many caregivers meet with an advocate to discuss community resources, housing resources, court order processes and to ask questions related to the criminal justice system.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM: Our Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator facilitates monthly MDT meetings where participants from law enforcement, Child Protective Services, prosecution, advocacy, medical and mental health review ongoing child neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse investigations to ensure the investigations are coordinated among the different agencies, and to enhance decision making.
Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings can also be scheduled during any investigation where a team member believes a meeting of the involved professionals would be beneficial. These often occur during multi-victim, multi-suspect, or multi-jurisdiction investigations which are sometimes referred to as complex investigations.
CAC ADVANTAGE: Child Advocacy Centers and Multi-Diciplinary Teams provide a collaborative response to child abuse investigations. Providing local resources to child victims and their families reduces trauma and facilitates healing.
Kids Hope Children’s Advocacy Center is a member of the Child Advocacy Centers of Washington and is nationally accredited with the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
KIDS HOPE HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm