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Working in a child-friendly facility, housing several public and private agencies, the Family Advocate is responsible for providing advocacy, crisis intervention and short-term case management services to child victims, their non-offending caregivers and family members. Family Advocates are often the first point of contact for victims of child abuse and their caregivers. The focus of victim support and advocacy is to help reduce trauma for the child and family members and to improve case outcomes. The Family Advocate focuses on the child and their family by helping caregivers identify and access services the family may need, acting as a liaison with the Multidisciplinary Team and supporting them throughout the investigative process. This position requires participation in an on-call rotation for after-hours and weekend forensic interviewing and advocacy. This position is a mandated reporter for child abuse and neglect under District of Columbia Statute §4-1321.02.
This is a contract position. The contract interviewer is responsible for conducting forensic interviews with children ages 2 ½ to 17 years in cases of alleged physical and/or sexual abuse or other violence. The contractor must be skilled in using research-based forensic interview protocols and techniques in a developmentally appropriate manner to elicit truthful information. Candidates for this position may be asked to provide a tape recording of one of her/his forensic interviews. This position is a mandated reporter for child abuse and neglect under District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02