What happens during a visit?
     * Your child will have the chance to play and relax while you complete initial paperwork with an      advocate.
     * You will meet with the physician and/or interviewer privately to provide health information &     social history about you and your child.
     * After the assessment is finished, and your child returns to the playroom, you will meet privately    with the interviewer and physician.
     * You will have the opportunity schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor.
     * After your visit, we are available for further information/assistance at 541-926-2203

Can I be in the room during the exam?
     Children are examined in a private supportive setting. Children may request a support person to accompany them.
Can I be in the room for the interview?
     Parents are not present during the interview. Our interviewers meet with parents after every interview and will answer any questions or concerns they may have at that time.

How much time will a visit take?
     The complete information-gathering assessment may take about two hours. The exam itself lasts approximately 15 minutes; an interview may last an additional hour.

Information and Referral:
     At ABC House we make every effort to know what resources are available in the community to assist you. We can help:
          * Identify qualified mental health providers
          * File Crime Victims  Compensation Forms
          * Identify other resources that may be useful to you.

Mental Health Support Services:
     What to do next can be confusing and overwhelming for families. Our mental health advocates can help you to understand the feelings and behaviors that might occur in the weeks and months to come. They can help you to know what is normal and when you might need extra help. They can explain how counseling might help your family and what to expect from that process. They can help you with referrals to the best therapist in the community to meet your insurance needs as well as find a good personality match for your child. They are here and available to help you with any referrals or questions that may arise.

Legal Advocacy/Victim Services:
     No one should have to go through the court process alone. A Crime Victim Specialist from Victim Services in the District Attorney s Office will contact you to be of further assistance and answer any questions you have regarding the justice process.

Fees and Billing at ABC House:
     Families should not have to pay for services needed because of abuse. When possible, health insurance is billed for ABC House services. When that is not possible, ABC House staff help families with Victims of Crime Compensation forms (this is a Department of Justice resource to
off-set costs associated with victimization-this includes counseling for family members!).


If you have any additional questions or concerns following your visit to ABC House, please feel free to contact Christine, the ABC House Advocate, at 926-2203 ext. 202 or advocacy@abchouse.org.
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