Historically, child abuse victims were required to tell their story multiple times to different agencies, forcing children to relive their traumatic experiences, often creating additional stress and anxiety for the child and their family. At River Bridge, a multidisciplinary team coordinates to work with children and their families and uses the collective knowledge and expertise of the team to improve the response and investigation to child abuse allegations.
River Bridge is a cottage-style center that enhances children’s sense of safety and comfort while helping to lower anxiety. The center is designed to reduce stress on child abuse survivors and to improve the effectiveness of the response to child abuse allegations.
We all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. Visit CO4KIDS.org for more information on child abuse and neglect in Colorado.
Our family advocate is with the family from the moment they walk through the doors at River Bridge until their case has concluded.
Within a neutral, child-friendly, warm and welcoming environment, our Forensic Interviewers interact with each child, asking them developmentally appropriate, non-leading questions. This allows for the child to share their experience and to provide information in a neutral setting. The forensic interviewers are highly trained professionals with an advanced understanding of child development, memory, suggestibility, linguistics, and trauma. The goal of the Forensic Interview is fact-finding.
Our mental health response uses developmentally appropriate techniques, trauma-informed assessment tools and evidenced-based practices to work with survivors and their families through the recovery process.