Following are the basic steps to an investigation of child sexual abuse.
- Someone reports suspicion of abuse to authorities, either law enforcement or the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
- Interviews with the child are conducted, usually at the The Yellow House (the CAC building), by the CAC Forensic Interviewer.
- Medical exams are recommended and conducted if necessary.
- ADVOCATE: A Victim/Family Advocate is then assigned to the case.
- INTERVENTION: The child is referred for further evaluation and intervention at the CAC if necessary.
- Law Enforcement and/or DCFS will continue the investigation, which will include an interview with the alleged offender, if possible.
- A team of professionals (MDT) will meet to review and plan the case.
- The case may be referred to Criminal or District Court, or some other plan may be made for managing the case.