Buttons of Bravery

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
CAS provides interviews, advocacy, and counseling services to children and families. Each child who completes a forensic interview chooses two buttons. After the interview, at the Ascension Parish location, the child places their button in a jar with other buttons that have been added by other brave children who have also completed a forensic interview. The children colors a “button” and places it along the “Buttons of Bravery” wall. There are currently have 88 “buttons” on the wall from this year alone. Terica Toliver, Clinical Services Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer; and Eva Parker, intern from Nicholls State University are shown in front of the button wall.

Child Advocacy Services (CAS) works with police and child protective investigators in its safe and friendly Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) to talk with children who may have been physically, sexually abused or have witnessed a crime. The child is interviewed by a trained forensic interviewer and the interview is audio and video recorded. This is all done to lesson the amount of times that the child has to repeat their story. The CAC is designed to be non-threatening and reduce anxiety for children and families. CAS provides interviews, advocacy, and counseling services to children and families. Each child who completes a forensic interview chooses two buttons. After the interview, at the Ascension Parish location, the child places their button in a jar with other buttons that have been added by other brave children who have also completed a forensic interview. The children colors a “button” and places it along the “Buttons of Bravery” wall. There are currently have 88 “buttons” on the wall from this year alone.