CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

WHAT IS A CAC?

Harbor House serves as a neutral facility at which all sexual abuse cases brought to the attention of the police and the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) may be evaluated.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN
YOU COME TO HARBOR HOUSE

We want to make your visit to Harbor House as comfortable as possible. Follow the link below to read a step-by-step overview of what you can expect for victims and families that come to our facility.

The Multidisciplinary Team

WHAT?

An MDT is a group of professionals from specific and distinct disciplines that collaborates from the point of report and throughout all of a child and family’s involvement with Harbor House.

WHY?

MDTs coordinate investigations and service delivery to mitigate potential trauma to children and families, to keep open the lines of communication and maintain transparency and foster trust, and to help optimize a quality response overall, while preserving and respecting the rights of the clients, and the mandates and obligations of each agency.

HOW?

All MDT representatives contribute their knowledge, experience and expertise for
a coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate response that is relevant and accessible.

WHO?

Harbor House facilitates two MDTs, one for Floyd County and one for Polk County.

In Floyd County our MDT partners are:

Floyd County Police Department
Rome City Police Department
Floyd County Division of Family and Children Services
Floyd County District Attorney’s Office
Floyd County Victim Assistance Program
Floyd County Schools Social Workers
Rome City Schools Social Workers
Floyd County CASA

In Polk County our MDT partners are:

Polk County Police Department
Polk County Sheriff’s Office
City of Rockmart Police Department
City of Aragon Police Department
Polk School District Police
Polk County Division of Family and Children Services
Polk County District Attorney’s Office
Polk School District Educational Foundation Social Workers
Polk County CASA

Harbor House also partners with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on complicated inter-jurisdictional cases and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on interstate and internet-related crimes investigations.

The above links are offered for informational purposes and are not a substitution for medical, psychological, or legal care. Please read and utilize suggestions with your own best judgment and/or seek professional assistance. Harbor House is not responsible for the accuracy of any information shared by other sites. Upon clicking the links above, you are leaving Harbor House’s website and going to another, unaffiliated site where we do not have control over content.

The Forensic Interview

WHAT?

A forensic interview is a neutral, developmentally and culturally appropriate conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) that the child may have experienced or witnessed.

HOW?

Forensic interviews facilitate information gathering from children to determine whether abuse occurred and, if so, the nature of the allegations. This information is intended to contribute to accurate and fair decision-making by the MDT members relative to the criminal justice, child protection, and relevant service delivery systems.

WHY?

Forensic interviews are the foundation for multiple Harbor House/MDT functions, including child protection and criminal investigations, prosecution, and implementation of services
critical to helping ensure children and families’ paths toward safety, healing, and justice.

WHO?

At Harbor House we have three Forensic Interviewers on staff and an additional three contract interviewers who are fully trained in the ChildFirst™ Georgia Protocol; some also have additional training. We have both male- and female-identifying interviewers, some of whom are American Sign Language and/or Spanish speakers. We also can access interpretation services for any language.

Where do I get help?

Georgia Department of Family and Children Services
1-855-GA-Child, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you need the police, please contact:

Floyd County Police Department at (706) 235-7766
Polk County Police Department at (770) 748-7331
Aragon City Police Department at (770) 684-6563
Cave Spring Police Department at (706) 777-3382
Cedartown City Police Department at (770) 748-4123
Rockmart City Police Department at (770) 684-6558
Rome City Police Department at (706) 238-5111

In 1991, the Floyd County Child Abuse Protocol Committee recommended the establishment of a coordinated system designed to respond to child abuse cases. The committee specifically recommended the establishment of a children’s center and the creation of a multidisciplinary child abuse investigation team. After detailed research and much effort, the Northwest Georgia Child Advocacy Center, known as “Harbor House”, was established in the fall of 1994.

© 2023 Harbor House, Rome, GA. NWGA-CAC. CASA® logo, name, and slogans are trademarks.

Harbor House is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization and donations are tax-deductible.

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