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Since 1998, CornerHouse has collaborated with the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and now with the National Child Protection Training Center in helping states implement five-day forensic interviewing courses utilizing the RATAC® forensic interviewing protocol developed by CornerHouse.

ChildFirst is the forensic interview training program of the National Child Protection Training Center currently in partnership with CornerHouse, a child abuse training facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s purpose since 2003, is to assist states in developing certified forensic interview training programs in cases of child abuse and to assist those participants and interviewers in defending their interviews and work product in court. This program is specifically designed for investigative teams of law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, child protective attorneys, and mandated reporters of abuse who must provide investigating professionals with essential information. This program, ChildFirst, Brings the field into the classroom to enhance the education of front-line child abuse professionals.

Through a Childs Eyes

Counties that have completed ChildFirst Training

Recent News

October 16th, 2015
“Forensic Interviewing Best Practices” – White Paper

NCAC is very excited to announce the release of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Bulletin,  “Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices” which has more widely been known over the past several years as the “Forensic Interviewing White Paper”. This collaborative project brought together trainers representing many of the leading Forensic Interview training programs [...]

October 7th, 2013
ChildFirst PA Update

ChildFirst Pennsylvania is nationally recognized forensic interviewer and multi-disciplinary investigative team (MDIT) training. It designed to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of child abuse while teaching how to place the Child first ahead of all else. The national ChildFirst program began over 12 years ago as the vision of Victor Vieth of the National Child [...]

March 27th, 2013
Armstrong starts ChildFirst training

Participants it the ChildFirst program in Armstrong County are, (from left to right), Michael Kapustik, Pennsylvania State Police; Kylie Simmons, Shelly Boback and Jackie Peters, CYF Caseworkers; Sheree Shafer, Children’s Community Pediatrics; Scott Andreassi, district attorney; Robin Davis, county detective/DA’s office; and Jo Ellen Bowman, HAVIN.   KITTANNING – Armstrong County is putting its children [...]

March 15th, 2013
Top Stories Child First Program teaches officials how to communicate with child victims of sex abuse

It’s called the Child-First Program. It’s a class for those who deal with children, who are victims of crimes, and how to effectively communicate with them. Investigators and detectives were in a Derry Township classroom on Thursday, to learn how to best communicate with children, who are victims of heinous crimes. Adams County District Attorney, [...]

March 14th, 2013
Child advocacy centers should get money from the NCAA’s fine on Penn State

A hefty share of the NCAA’s $60 million fine against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal should be to pumped into child advocacy centers to help abuse victims, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick III said Thursday. He made that proposal during a program at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Derry [...]