Our Team Response
When You Arrive
When you arrive at McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center, you will be greeted in a safe, child-friendly environment by a Victim Advocate who will help provide you a support system. The Victim Advocate will help walk you through the system, providing case management in order to promote healing and growth. They will facilitate and coordinate a variety of other agencies who will work with you each step of the way so that you do not have to go through this alone.
Once at the Child Advocacy Center, a law enforcement or child protective services investigator will meet with you to explain the process and what will happen during the interview. The trained detective and/or child protective investigator will talk to your child in one of our child-friendly interview rooms. After the interview, you will have time to discuss the next steps in this journey.
The Victim Advocate will coordinate additional services for you and your child. These services include:
- Medical Evaluation: A medical evaluation will be provided by the CARE (Child Abuse Referral and Evaluation) team (social worker, nurse practitioner, and physician). The team meets with the child’s caregiver to obtain information about why the child is being seen at CARE as well as to conduct a medical and psychosocial history of the child.
After the history is complete, the doctor or nurse will perform a head to toe physical exam of the child: this is usually an external exam only. The doctor may do some medical testing if it is necessary. The CARE team asks the child who they want in the exam room with them (if they are old enough) and explain everything that they are going to do.
After the exam is complete, the doctor or nurse practitioner will explain the exam results and any testing that was done. They will also answer any questions and discuss follow up recommendations.
- Trauma-Informed Therapy: McMahon/Ryan has trauma-informed therapists on-site and works with many local mental health professionals to provide individual, family and group counseling to those affected by child abuse. An intake appointment will be scheduled for the child/family by the Victim Advocate.