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Multidisciplinary Interview Center (MDIC)

The San Francisco Children’s Advocacy Center is a Multidisciplinary Interview Center (MDIC) where a team of professionals meet to conduct forensic interviews with children and adolescents in cases where child abuse is suspected. The MDIC team is a collaboration between the San Francisco Police Department, Child Protective Services (CPS), the District Attorney (DA), the City Attorney and CASARC. The Center is located on the San Francisco General Hospital Campus.

Specially trained Child Interview Specialists conduct the interviews in a child-friendly room while members of the team from the above named agencies observe through a one-way mirror. The interview is recorded and the tapes are treated as evidence and protected by the court, with restricted viewing and copying. Only investigators, the District Attorney, Child Protective Services or persons with “a need to know” are allowed to observe the interview. Parents are not allowed to observe the interview because children may be unwilling to share vital information if they know a parent is watching. The team will talk with parents about the interview when it is completed.

The interview process is paced to the needs of the child but usually takes from 40 minutes to an hour and a half. During the interview, a break may be taken depending on the needs of the child. Although the interview process can be stressful, parents can show support by encouraging their child to do his or her best and to tell the truth.

CASARC staff are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or address any concerns. Please don’t hesitate to call. (415) 206-8386.

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