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A specially trained social worker from Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital interviews children ages 3-18 to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) that a child may have experienced or witnessed.  The interview is completed using the “Child First” protocol.

There are multiple purposes of a forensic interview:

  • To be child friendly
  • Minimize trauma
  • Fact finding
  • Collaborative
  • Assess for mental health and medical needs
  • Assess safety

The interview is recorded using state-of-the-art equipment to allow medical providers, detectives, and child protective workers to observe the interview from a nearby room as it occurs.

Forensic Interviews are conducted at the Yale Child Abuse Clinic within the YNHH Family Advocacy Center located at:

One Long Wharf Drive
Suite 130
New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 688-2392