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Through the Eyes of a Child Forensic Interviewer

We work at First Witness Child Advocacy Center in Duluth and would like to share some thoughts about that. We’re forensic interviewers; that means our job is to listen to kids. Children and families arrive at First Witness for a forensic interview after disclosing to an adult some form of abuse. That alleged abuse is […]

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Thru The Eyes of an Advocate

We Are Advocates Those three words hold so much meaning, especially here at First Witness Child Advocacy Center. It wouldn’t be possible for us to make a list of the things we do, because it’s endless.  Try to imagine what it would be like for a child who’s been sexually or physically abused, the trauma […]

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Is Advocacy Neutral? Should it be?

Author – Frances Macaulay Advocacy is many things. Neutral is not one of those things. Advocates take a stand, using their voice, resources and savvy to work for individual, systemic and social change and justice. Child advocacy centers posit advocates in the midst of complex social service, criminal justice, mental health and medical systems that […]

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ChildFirst® First Witness Forensic Interview Training Binder

This site is under construction. Although all of your materials are available, we apologize that the formatting is temporarily not adjusted correctly. Please be sure to download the materials and bring them with you, either on a laptop or in printed format. The anatomical diagrams provided here are for your future use. Hard copies will be […]

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Why I Don’t Use the Word ‘Client’

Author: Beth Olson We recently lead a workshop for advocates entitled: “Why I Don’t Use the Word ‘Client’”. We started out the presentation doing a role play of a typical family entering an agency when they need help. The participants were unaware of our role play. They thought we were doing a simple intake with […]

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