Kids FIRST provides forensic interviews for children who are victims of, or witnesses, to crime. These interviews are conducted by an Oregon Child Forensic Interview Trained (OCFIT) personnel who uniquely structures each conversation with a child. Interviews are audio and video recorded and observed by involved law enforcement and/or Department of Human Services (DHS) to reduce the number of times that children are asked to tell their story. However, we cannot guarantee that the forensic interview is the only or final time that a child is asked to talk about things that may have happened.
At Kids FIRST, we strive to create a child-friendly environment that allows children to speak freely and openly without fear of judgement. Interviewers assist in guiding the conversation by asking non-leading questions along the way. Children are welcome to use drawings or writing to express their experiences if needed.