With CALICO at the center of child-abuse investigations, professionals work together from the moment a report of abuse is made, with the needs of children at the forefront of their collaborative investigation. CALICO provides a safe place for the child to answer questions a single time from someone with specialized training to talk to children about abuse. The family also receives timely support, guidance and referrals to services. This multi-disciplinary team approach puts the priority on the safety and recovery of children and their families.
Without CALICO's involvement in child-abuse investigations, children answer questions about their abuse in unnerving settings and do so multiple times. This repetition can re-traumatize children, and each unskilled interview can result in confusing testimony that makes prosecution difficult. Meanwhile, insufficient coordination among professionals leads to children's needs not being fully met and families not receiving services necessary to the healing process.