Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center | For Multi-Disciplinary Teams
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For Multi-Disciplinary Teams

On-call phone number (for law enforcement and human services professionals only): 970-631-4156

*Please first call our office at 970-407-9739. If need immediate assistance and we are not available to take your call, or you need to reach us after business hours, please call our on-call number at 970-631-4156. A Voices Carry staff member will return your call as soon as possible.

Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center assists the Department of Human Services and law enforcement agencies in child abuse investigations and in other cases where children are witnesses to crimes. In addition, we can assist in interviewing adults with developmental delays. Only law enforcement officers or child protection workers can schedule appointments with us; we cannot schedule appointments directly with the family.

We ask that the person scheduling the appointment  coordinates with any other agencies involved. In an effort to coordinate the investigation as much as possible and minimize the stress on the child and family, it is STRONGLY preferred that all investigating agencies be present for the interview. At a minimum, those agencies need to have been contacted and invited to participate. Please let us know if you need support to accomplish this.

To schedule an appointment, please call Voices Carry at 970-407-9739. Our interview slots are generally 9:00am, 11:30am, and 3:00pm Monday – Friday. However, we will do our best to accommodate other requests and emergencies.

We conduct victim/witness interviews of children, regardless of their offender status. In an effort to protect the rights of each and every child, if a child is both an alleged victim and offender, we ask that any offender interview of that child by law enforcement take place prior to the alleged victim interview at Voices Carry. Furthermore, when there is alleged sexual contact between siblings, they are not allowed to be at Voices Carry at the same time. Adult alleged offenders are never allowed on the premises.

Please have the following information when scheduling your appointments:

  • Child’s name, date of birth, any developmental delays, and whether or not they have been interviewed here or elsewhere before.
  • Who will bring the child and are they cooperating with the investigation. Reason for the interview/outcry.
  • Name, date of birth, and relationship of the alleged offender.
  • Any accommodations needed (i.e. child or child’s family is Spanish speaking only, child uses a wheelchair, child has a mental health or other diagnosis the interviewer should know about ahead of time, etc.)

How we work with you

Please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment to meet and staff the case with the Forensic Interviewer, Family Advocate, and other MDT members. Once this meeting is complete the group will briefly meet with the non-offending caregiver present and then the interview will begin. Any investigators who are present will view the interview from the observation room. We ask that you meet with the non-offending caregiver after the interview to let them know your next steps and provide closure to this part of the process.

Minimal Facts Training

Minimal Facts training is designed for professionals who are at the forefront of investigating child sexual abuse disclosures. This training covers basic information about Voices Carry, child sexual abuse, and how to collect minimal facts. This training also covers protocols at Voices Carry and informs participants about scheduling and attending forensic interviews. For more information about this training, please contact Isabelle at isabelle@voicescarrycac.org.