Teaming Up to Investigate Child Abuse
The Child Abuse Response Effort (CARE) includes a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who are skilled at working with children and youth of all ages who are victims—or suspected victims— of traumatic abuse experiences.
The goals of the CARE team are to minimize the trauma to child victims and their families, reduce the number of duplicate interviews children must endure, and increase the rate of prosecution.
LACASA Center provides support and will guide you – and your child – through the CARE investigation. Counseling services and special programs are provided to help your child and your family heal from the trauma of abuse.
Our CARE program involves:
- The CARE team witnesses interviews from an adjoining room through a two-way mirror. CARE members include trained specialists from LACASA, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement and the Livingston County Prosecutors Office.
- We provide a safe, private and non-threatening environment for a child to be interviewed.
- All interviews are conducted with the utmost sensitivity and recorded according to legally-required procedures.
- Once a case of abuse is established, the CARE team works to develop a proper path of police intervention, legal action, counseling treatment, and ongoing support.
Please do not hesitate to call Child Protective Services or our Help Line if you suspect your child — or a child you know — is being abused.