Your First Visit
We are located in an office suite on Pinetree road, South of Jolly road.
Scroll down to find out how to get here, take a virtual tour, and read about the forensic interview process.
Frequently Asked Questions
The goal of a forensic interview is to obtain a statement from a child in a developmentally-sensitive, unbiased, and legally defensible manner to support accurate and fair decision-making in the criminal justice and child welfare systems.
Do I Need to Prepare?
There is no need to prepare.
However, children and teens may be put at ease by knowing what to expect.
Here are some tips:
Be honest with your child about the purpose of the appointment. Inform your child that someone wishes to talk with him or her about what occurred.
Do not rehearse with your child or tell your child what to say. If your child begins to talk about what occurred you can let them finish talking and thank them for sharing with you.
Depending on the age of your child, consider the most appropriate time to tell them about the appointment.
Reassure your child and give them permission to talk freely and to tell the truth.
Ease their fears or worries by comforting them and telling them that everything will be okay.
Small Talk Children's Advocacy Center employs trained professionals who maintain a neutral, child-friendly environment where you and your family will be treated with respect.
Who Attends the Interview?
Small Talk utilizes a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach during the investigation. MDT members are specially trained in child abuse investigations. Members include: Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Counselors, Protective Service Workers and Medical Experts. Members may be present at Small Talk, but only one trained interviewer will conduct the interview.
What Happens During and After the Interview?
One, plain clothes, trained professional will conduct the interview in a child or teen-friendly manner. All interviews are recorded, as recommended by Michigan Forensic Interviewing Protocol. A staff member will meet with you after the interview to explain the next steps.
I have additional questions, who do I contact?
Aubree Vance, Director of Forensic Interviewing and Prevention Services
or call us at 517-253-0728