Child Abuse Assessment

ABC House provides comprehensive child abuse assessment and support services to children and their non-offending family members.
Our services include:

Medical Examinations

Children may receive a medical exam by physicians specializing in the recognition and treatment of child abuse. This head-to-toe check-up includes a complete social and medical history.  Any physical signs of abuse are documented and may be used as evidence in the abuse investigation. Equally important, children have the opportunity to ask questions about how the abuse may have affected their bodies and development, and to receive reassurance from our trained staff.

ABC House physicians also coordinate drug testing for children exposed to illicit substances and serve as Linn and Benton counties’ designated medical providers under Karly’s Law, which mandates that children with suspicious physical injuries must receive medical attention from child abuse experts.

Forensic Interviews

Children aged four and older can sit down with a professional trained in talking to children to obtain accurate and objective information, without leading, interrogating or traumatizing them.  All ABC House interviewers receive advanced training in child development and communicating with children using age-appropriate, legally-sound methods.  This in-depth interview is digitally recorded to reduce the number of times children need to share their experiences with other professionals involved in the investigation.

Family Support

Families receive support to help them cope with the discovery of abuse and navigate any next steps. Our Advocate provides families with clear, concise information to help parents and caregivers understand the child abuse assessment and investigation processes.  Our team also helps families to identify any other needs, such as counseling, domestic violence or housing and connects them to local community partners who offer these services.  If eligible, the Advocate helps the family complete and submit an application from Crime Victims Compensation Funds to help cover the cost of future needs for the child.

 

ABC House complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.