Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) has started using iPads, made possible with the help of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, in its work with child victims of sexual abuse and their families.
Forensic interviewers and therapists will use the tablets to assess the educational development of children to recognize and identify any potential learning disabilities, allowing them to adjust interview and counseling processes to match the child’s development age.
Family advocates will use the tablets to provide direct links to families for services and to identify gaps in services. They also will assist with survey collections to increase service and identify service needs. Police, in conjunction with forensic interviewers, will use the iPads with children to help understand and document the reported abuse and to potentially identify the person who abused them.
The tablets also will give police and Child Protective Services ready access to social media sites and known abused child-focused websites, which may help in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children.
“These iPads, from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, will enable us to more efficiently and effectively understand the traumas a child and family have suffered, provide a path to healing and give police and prosecutors the information they need to stop and prevent others from suffering sexual abuse or violence,” said Becky League, director of the KCCAC who appears in the photographs.