Team Investigations

Children and their families receive services from specially trained child abuse professionals. Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) facilitates a comprehensive, well defined, cooperative process that not only results in a more successful investigation and prosecution, but also, and more importantly, provides a better and less traumatic response to the child victim and the child’s family.

With the child victim and child’s family in mind, the primary goals of our MDT include:

  • Elimination of duplicative efforts by professionals
  • Protection of the child and the child’s family from further abuse and trauma
  • Responsive, successful investigation and prosecution of alleged offenders
  • Assurance of specialized therapeutic care to meet the needs of the child and family

A multidisciplinary team for response to child abuse allegations includes representation from the following:

  • Law enforcement
  • Child protective services
  • Prosecution
  • Mental health
  • Medical
  • Victim advocacy
  • Children’s Advocacy Center staff