Laura & Deborah are:

  • Clinically trained to identify and assess for child abuse;
  • Clinically trained to provide therapy to abuse / Survivor  populations;
  • Trained in Trauma-related Treatment Models
  • Trained Forensic Interviewers through the National Child Advocacy Center model;
  • Passionate advocates for Child Welfare, Advocacy, and Rights

When a disclosure or report of child abuse has been made, there are procedures to follow and several professionals that may become involved in the assessment or evaluation of the abuse allegations. Initially, these professionals (sometimes referred to as a multi-disciplinary team) may include the Department of Children Services, the Child Advocacy Center, a police investigator, and  clinical or medical professionals. Tucker-Huggins & Driggs may become involved with an abuse client at many different junctures in the legal or clinical process. The level of services provided will be dependent on where the process is. Regardless of the juncture, Laura and Deborah are trained to partner with a multi-disciplinary team to provide optimum clinical services to its clients.

What is the NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure?
The NCAC Child Forensic Interview Structure is a flexible structure that can be adapted to children of different ages and cultural backgrounds, and is appropriate for interviewing children who may have experienced sexual or physical abuse or who may be a witness to violence against another person.  The NCAC forensic interview model emphasizes a flexible-thinking and decision-making approach throughout the interview, as opposed to a scripted format.  Each component of the model is research based and is reviewed annually for appropriate additions or adaptations, by a panel of practicing experts.

 

Individual Responsibility to Report
Citation: Ann. Code § 37-1-403

Any person who has knowledge of or is called upon to render aid to any child who is suffering from or has sustained any wound, injury, disability, or physical or mental condition shall report such harm immediately if the harm is of such a nature as to reasonably indicate that it has been caused by brutality, abuse, or neglect, or that, on the basis of available information, reasonably appears to have been caused by brutality, abuse, or neglect.  Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been sexually abused shall report such knowledge or suspicion to the department.

To report abuse or neglect: 1.877.237.0004 or click here.