Children's Advocacy Centers were created in 1985 in order to ensure the system's response to child victims was both efficient and sensitive to the unique needs of children and their families.
The Teal House serves as the Child Advocacy Center for the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit. As a result, we work with Law Enforcement and the Division of Family and Children Services in Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins, and Screven Counties. We provide forensic interviews, crisis response, advocacy, and referrals to children and their families in cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse, witness to domestic violence, and witness to violent crimes.
A Forensic Interview is a non-biased information gathering interview provided to children from ages 3 to 17. The interview is done by a forensic interviewer who has specialized training in interviewing kids about sensitive issues such as physical and sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence, and witnessing violent crimes. Forensic interviews are performed in a kid-friendly setting to help your child feel at ease during the process.
Forensic Interviews are available only at the request of Law Enforcement and the Division of Family and Children Services.
If you believe your child may have experienced abuse please make a report to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services by calling 1-855-GA-CHILD and/or contact the police department in the location the suspected abuse occurred.
Goals for You and Your Child
Working with the legal and court system to protect and help you and your child
Contacting you to other resources
Providing emotional support along the process
Informing you of your rights
Helping you navigate the protective and legal systems