ServicesWHAT HAPPENS AT RAY OF HOPE?
Your child has
been referred to Ray of Hope to talk to one of our trained, caring
interviewers. Before talking with your child, our interviewer will meet
with the law enforcement investigator and/or child protection worker.
Ray of Hope staff also will talk with you. We will ask you if there is
anything we should know about your child’s feelings, language skills or
special needs. The interviewer then will talk to your child. The
interview, which takes 20-60 minutes, will be video taped. During your
child’s interview, you will meet with a Ray of Hope Family advocate.
The advocate wants to find out how you are feeling and will talk with
you about mental health resources that can help you and your child. The
advocate also will provide you with information to help in your child’s
Our Services Include
- Multidisciplinary approach to child abuse intervention
Ray of Hope Advocacy Center brings representatives from many
disciplines together, conducting joint forensic interviews and making
team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management and
prosecution of child abuse cases.
- Child-friendly forensic interviews
Children are interviewed by a specially trained forensic interviewer in our safe and child friendly center.
- Medical and mental health intervention
Ray of Hope Advocacy Center can provide medical assessments following
concerns of abuse and will refer you to a trained mental health
professional that specializes in working with child abuse victims.
- Referrals to local resources and service providers
The Ray of Hope Family Advocate works with children and their families
to find community resources that will meet their family’s specific
- Victim advocacy and support
The Ray of Hope Family Advocate meets with the family at the time of
the forensic interview or medical assessment. The Family Advocate
provides ongoing assistance to the family throughout the investigation
and prosecution of any criminal case.
- Court preparation assistance
If your child is asked to testify in court, we have specific resources
for your family to help prepare you and your child for court. We work
in conjunction with the Washington County District Court Victim Witness
Coordinator to make your child as comfortable as possible throughout
the court process.
- Child abuse prevention services
The Ray of Hope Advocacy Center offers free Child Abuse Prevention
resources to anyone in the community. Please contact us if you would
like to receive information on child abuse prevention.
- Professional and community training
If you are interested in having someone from Ray of Hope speak to your
church, community group or school, please let us know. Check our
Events page for upcoming community training opportunities open to the