Meet CAC’s Newest Forensic Interviewer.

Meet CAC’s Newest Forensic Interviewer.

One of CAC’s family advocates, Jessica Salgado, will be moving into a new role as a forensic interviewer. 

For the past 9 months, Jessica has been a bilingual family advocate and therapist. Starting in June, she will become a full time forensic interviewer. As a forensic interviewer, she elicits facts from children in interviews by asking non-leading and non-suggestive questions to allow the child to tell their story. When asked why she wanted to change job roles, “The first time I saw my supervisor conduct a forensic interview I immediately knew that is what I wanted to be doing.”

Jessica has a Masters in Social Work from Aurora University and a Bachelor in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University.  She recently traveled to New Jersey to earn a certificate from Child First Interviewing by Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. This 40 hour course certified her to complete forensic interviews with children. 

Jessica is proud to work at CAC and looks forward to interviewing children to build a case against the offender. She recognizes the importance of CAC services, “CAC offers the first step in the healing process which is to hear what happened to them without judgement. We offer support by providing court services, and most importantly offer the families free therapy services.”

CAC looks forward to watching Jessica grow in her role as a forensic interviewer!

 

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