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February 6, 2018

WE ARE HIRING!

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana
FORENSIC INTERVIEWER JOB DESCRIPTION
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Responsibility Summary:
SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director/Associate Director
SALARY: TBD
BENEFITS: Vacation time, sick time, workman’s comp (No Medical Benefits at this time)
DEFINITION: A professional position responsible for conducting highly specialized interviews of children reported to be victims or witnesses of abuse and/or neglect.

Minimum Job requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) or Master’s Degree (preferred) in social work, criminal justice, education or a related field. Ideally, a minimum of two (2) years of professional experience working with children and families where abuse and violence are identified issues is required. Position requires that the individual has been or will be trained in a nationally recognized forensic interview technique.

Job Description- Specific Duties:
Conduct forensic interviews of children and adolescents ranging in age from 2 to 18 years with varying developmental abilities.
Must be available during regular office hours and occasionally after-hours.
Facilitate pre/post interview multidisciplinary case staffing.
Respond to subpoenas and testify when requested.
Assist with collecting and entering data into the case tracking system.
Participate in supervision, peer review, professional development and on-going training activities including case tracking/review.
Must be willing and able to drive throughout 6+ county region as needed.
Act as a community liaison.
Conduct professional and community in-service trainings about interviewing and/or the dynamics of child abuse.
Exemplify leadership in improvement and assistance with the development of CAC programs and services.
Assist with coordinating interview schedule.
Maintain office(s) and provide day to day administrative duties including mail, phones, filing and distribution of information.
Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested by Executive Director or Associate Director.

Job Description- Specific Requirements:
Must be able to work well with children of all developmental abilities, races, cultures, etc.
Must be able to work in stressful situations and utilize self-care methods.
Must be able to work independently as well as function as a team member and accept guidance and direction from Executive Director and/or Associate Director.
Basic computer skills.
Must be able to meet on-call requirements to respond to crisis intervention.
Must be able to work with a variety of people, including clients and their families, professionals in the areas of law enforcement, medicine, education and agency employees.
Must possess strong organizational skills.
Must be able to adapt well to the structure and environment of the center.
Subject to background check, including Criminal and Child Protective Services.
Must have valid Driver’s License.

Physical requirements:
Must be able to deal with a variety of emotions under stressful situations and be able to deal with people who may be very upset. Emotional stability and personal maturity are important attributes in this position.
Requires normal range of hearing, eyesight, coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to record, prepare and communicate reports and operate office equipment.
Requires ability to lift 20 pounds to waist height as well as bending, stooping and reaching when dealing with a variety of children.

The ideal candidate will be collaborative and able to handle variety and stress in their schedule.

Position comes with a minimum six month probationary period.

Projected Start Date: April 2, 2018

Application must be received by: February 21, 2018 (4:00 p.m.)

If interested, please mail resume and cover letter to:
Children’s Advocacy Center of SEI
ATTN: New Hire
12211 Rullman Drive
Dillsboro, IN 47018
Or
Email resume to: stephanie@cacsoutheast.org

 

October 1, 2013: Regional organizations step forward with donations.

This has been an amazing summer for us! Following our Open House in June, we’ve been fortunate to have several regional organizations step forward with donations.

At the request of Kiwanis Club of Versailles (Ripley County) member Tyler Bond, CAC Director, Sarah Brichto, gave a presentation to the Club about the CAC services. After several members attended the CAC Open House, the Club made a donation of $1,000 to the Region 15 CAC/CAC of Southeastern Indiana -  their largest donation gift to date. Thank you, Kiwanis Club of Versailles!

The Switzerland County Community Foundation recently granted $1,200 to the CAC for donor software, the creation of an email newsletter template, and kid-snacks. Our inaugural E-Newsletter was sent out the end of September. Thank you, Switzerland County Community Foundation!

The Dearborn County Foundation made a donation of $5,642 for the purchase of laptop computers and office furniture for the CAC. Thank you, Dearborn County Foundation!

The Southeast Indiana Board of Realtors has adopted the CAC as their charity for their first ever booth at the 2013 Aurora Farmers Fair. They’ll be selling monkey bread and hot chocolate to raise funds for CAC. Thank you Southeast Indiana Board of Realtors!
 
This month our 2013 Milestone Campaign begins its fundraising effort – our first major campaign – and we’re energized by these responses of our communities to the mission of CAC Southeastern Indiana. We’re hopeful there will be more of these positive updates to come!
 

July 15, 2013: Rep. Luke Messer visits CAC of Southeast Indiana during Milestone Celebration Open House.



[Left to Right: Rep. Luke Messer; Sarah Brichto, Executive Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana; Stephanie Back, Forensic Interviewer, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana; Aaron Negangard, Dearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor and Board President, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana; Tom Baxter, Detective, Indiana State Police and Board Vice-president, Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana]
Representative Messer presented a Congressional Record plaque commemorating the 1,000+ forensic interviews conducted at the Children's Advocacy Center since it opened in Dillsboro, Indiana in September 2009.

July 11, 2013: News Coverage by WKRC Cincinnati
 

June 2013 Press Release: Milestone Celebration Open House to be held July 15th

Special Guest, Representative Luke Messer
Dillsboro, Ind., Jun. 26, 2013 – The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana (formerly Region 15 Children’s Advocacy Center) will hold a Milestone Celebration Open House on July 15th to honor the first 1,000 children interviewed in their Center. The Open House from Noon until 2pm will include tours of the facility by staff and volunteers, and a lunch will be provided. Special Guest Representative Luke Messer of Indiana’s Sixth District will be present between 1-2pm.
 
The Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly nonprofit corporation created to minimize the trauma suffered by victims of child abuse. The Center is designed to use a multidisciplinary team approach which facilitates the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse. Their primary service is child-friendly forensic interviews.
 
A forensic interview is a fact-finding interview that is used to assess whether or not abuse has occurred. Children/teenagers come to the Children’s Advocacy Center because there has been a report that the child may have experienced some form of abuse or may have witnessed violence either at home or in some other circumstance. The job of the forensic interviewer is to allow the child to tell about that event in a way that appears to be a one-on-one discussion, not an interrogation, completely non-threatening and in language not suggested to the child by the interviewer. The child is given the opportunity to describe an event in his or her own words, in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate to the child.
 
“Prior to the Center opening in September of 2009, children often had to tell what happened again and again to different people - the school personnel, detectives, child protective services, psychologists and more - often in locations where a child might feel vulnerable,” said Sarah Brichto, Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center. “Now when a child has a terrible truth to tell, there's a safe and supportive place to talk one on one with a trained individual in a single interview.”
 
“The welfare of our children is a crucial issue that deserves our focus,” said Luke Messer, Representative of Indiana’s Sixth District. “The Children’s Advocacy Center is an extremely important resource to our families, and I’m pleased I’ll be able meet the staff and members of the Board of Directors and get a firsthand look at what they’re doing and what they need to be successful.”
 
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeast Indiana serves the families of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties. In addition to the forensic interview, the Center also makes medical examination and mental health counseling referrals. For more information about the Children’s Advocacy Center and available resources, log on to Center’s website at www.region15cac.org or visit their Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/region15cac.

Spring 2013: GRANTED!

Go Team! Several members of Jefferson County's mulitdisciplinary team can register for a national conference focused on the investigation of child abuse thanks to a grant from the Women's Giving Circle of the Community Foundation of Madison/Jefferson County. The multidisciplinary team (child protective services case managers, law enforcement, prosecution, CAC staff) is an essential component of a children's advocacy center and cross training available at national conferences can build skills and understanding while utimately reducing trauma to child victims. Thanks to the Women's Giving Circle for team support!

In addition, the Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center, Inc.has been approved for 2013 Ohio River Valley Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace fundraising model in the world and the only authorized solicitation of federal employees, both civilian and military, in their workplace.

Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center, Inc. is proud to be one of the 3000 approved charitable organizations to whom federal employees can designate their payroll deductions, one time donations and/or special event donations.  Region 15 Children's Advocacy Center, Inc. completed a rigorous application process providing information about auditing, financial, governance and program functions before being approved.  The CFC runs from September to December and is expected to raise $1,000,000 from the individually designated donations of the 22,500 federal employees in the Ohio River Valley campaign area.