Why am I being referred to the Mayo Clinic Child and
Family Advocacy Center?
You and your child will be visiting the Mayo Clinic Child and Family Advocacy Center because of possible child abuse. In conjunction with law enforcement or child protective services or both, your child will be interviewed by a specially trained interviewer. Your child will be medically evaluated by a health care provider with advanced training in child abuse exams. The team includes individuals from child protection, law enforcement, prosecution, medical and mental health, and victim advocacy.
What happens at the child advocacy
You and your child will meet a member of the team before the forensic interview. Your child will be taken to a specially equipped room to talk.
The interview will be:
While your child is being interviewed, you will meet with the victim advocate, who will:
The mental health provider also will be part of this meeting and will:
After the interview, you and your child will go to an exam room to discuss medical care and concerns. Your child may have a medical exam to ensure health and well-being.
What will happen after the interview and the
After the interview and exam, you will meet with the team members to discuss their involvement in the process and future steps. You will be given information about the interview, medical exam and recommendations from the team. You will receive a list of your team members, along with their contact information, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of them.
How can I prepare my child?
What if my child starts talking to me about the
situation before the interview?
What happens after our visit to the child advocacy
The team will follow up with you for further information and assist you with the process. You are encouraged to contact the Mayo Clinic Child and Family Advocacy Center for any follow-up appointments as needed and may contact any of your team members with questions. Child protection or law enforcement or both will continue to work with you and your child to address your needs and safety concerns.