Forensic Interviewing

Ensuring that children are heard.

Forensic interviews are conducted with children when there has been an allegation of physical or sexual abuse. Children that have witnessed a violent crime may also require a forensic interview.

A forensic interview is a child’s opportunity to share in detail their experiences. All forensic interviews are conducted by a trained professional. Forensic interviews are conducted to elicit the child’s statement in a way that is developmentally and culturally sensitive, unbiased, and fact-finding in nature.

Forensic interviews are recorded and the investigative agencies involved in the child’s case will be present to observe the interview through closed-circuit television.

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I think my child needs a forensic interview. Can I schedule a forensic interview for my child?

No. Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center accepts forensic interview requests from local law enforcement and Child Protection Services only. If you suspect your child is being abused, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-222-8000.

My child has been scheduled for a forensic interview. What should I tell him/her to expect?

Support and comfort your child by telling them they are going to a safe place to talk about what happened. Most importantly, encourage your child to tell the truth.

Where will my child's scheduled forensic interview take place?

Your investigator or caseworker will provide you with a date, time, and location.

Forrest and Lamar County cases:
Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center Main
22 Millbranch Road, Suite 1000
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Marion, Jefferson Davis, and Lawrence County cases:
Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center Satellite:
335 Second Street
Columbia, MS 39429

How long does the forensic interview last?

The duration of forensic interviews varies depending on a child's age, participation, etc.

Who is allowed to come to the scheduled forensic interview?

In order to respect the confidentiality of families and children, we ask that a supportive parent or caregiver bring the child to be interviewed. Alleged offenders are not permitted to be present.

What can I expect when arriving for my child's scheduled forensic interview?

Upon your arrival, you will be checked-in and screened for COVID-19 by a Kids Hub Staff Member. Your child will then be offered a snack and you will both be escorted to a waiting room where your child is free to watch a movie or play.

Soon after, a Kids Hub Family and Victim Advocate will invite you into the Intake Office to discuss a brief family history and answer any questions you may have. At this time, you will also sign consent paperwork, giving Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center permission to interview your child.

Next, your child will be invited to participate in a forensic interview by one of our trained forensic interview professionals.

Once your child's forensic interview is complete, your Family and Victim Advocate will meet with you again to discuss next steps and appropriate referrals for services.