What is an extended forensic interview?

An extended forensic interview was developed in order for a trained professional to gather further information or clarification after an initial forensic interview.

Children may be referred for this interview by law enforcement, child protective services or the District Attorney’s Office after an initial forensic interview has been completed. An extended forensic interview is very similar to a forensic interview, but can allow for multiple sessions.

There can be many circumstances in which a child, adolescent, or developmentally disabled adult may need an extended forensic interview. Some circumstances include, but are not limited to anxiety, fear, limited verbal or cognitive skills, or if there is an increased amount of information to discuss. All extended forensic interviews conducted at The Treehouse are audio and video-recorded.