How Children Are Referred

Children are referred to the Child Protection Center for a forensic interview (their statement about the abuse) after a report is made to the Missouri Children’s Division (Child Protective Services) or law enforcement about a child who needs help.

The CPC provides a safe, child-friendly, neutral environment for children and adolescents to be interviewed about allegations of abuse.

As a part of our services, the Child Protection Center:

  • Digitally records each interview.
  • Provides access to recorded interviews for law enforcement and child abuse investigators, thus reducing the number of times a child must be interviewed.
  • Identifies a child's mental health and medical needs and provides referrals for treatment.
  • Provides supportive services for the victim and family throughout the investigative process.
  • Coordinates a multidisciplinary response to the case.