HOW DOES THE CHILDREN’S JUSTICE CENTER MODEL WORK?

CORE FUNCTION OF JUSTICE CENTER

FUNCTION PROVIDED BY TEAM MEMBER

Law Enforcement

Child Protective Services

The role of local law enforcement is grounded in public safety.

If not criminal in nature, law enforcement may not take action.

The role of CPS is to ensure that a child is safe.

Immediate Response

Priority Assigned (24-72 Hours)

Child is brought to children’s justice center. Instead of a child having to go to all of the agencies involved in an investigation, the CJC model brings the agencies to the child–in one child-friendly setting designed to minimize trauma, increase access to services, and improve coordination during the investigative process.

Joint investigation begins

  • Forensic Interview
  • Evidence Collected
  • Witnesses Interviewed
  • Medical Treatment and Exam (if needed)

CJC coordinated case review with all team members

  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecutor
  • Child Protective Services
  • Medical Provider
  • Mental Health Provider
  • Victim Advocate
  • CJC Professional

Case presented to county attorney.

Suspect charged or case declined.

Abused children and their families receive referrals for support services such as mental health treatment, medical care, and victim resources. Professionals work with the family to provide support as the case moves through the justice system.

Case opened for services

or case closed.