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If you have a passion for children, the drive to help end the cycle of abuse, and the experience needed to make lasting change, you may be the perfect fit for the The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center team!

The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate

Job Description

Part Time – Hourly (80 hours per month)

Answers To: Executive Director



Position Mission: To provide developmentally, culturally appropriate, and legally defensible forensic interviews of children and adolescents alleging sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, drug endangerment, and witness to crime.  If a conflict of interest arises, family advocate duties are expected.

Training Requirements:  Must attend and successfully complete the ChildFirst WV forensic interview training.  Must attend the WV State Victim Assistance Academy.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct neutral, fact-finding, and developmentally appropriate investigative interviews of abused and neglected children
  • Ensure victims are informed of their rights and that their rights are upheld
  • Facilitate pre/post interview multidisciplinary case staffing
  • Help victims apply for Victim Compensation Benefits
  • Prepare written summaries of interviews and track in NCAtrak
  • Assist with preparation of monthly and annual reports for funding agencies
  • Maintain forensic interview recording equipment and manage DVD’s
  • Respond to subpoenas and testify when requested
  • Participate in case reviews and information sharing
  • Assist advocate in collecting all relevant child and family history and making appropriate referrals
  • Enter data into the case tracking system
  • Participate in supervision, professional development and on-going training activities
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Carry out policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors
  • Ensure victim safety and help develop a safety plan
  • Perform advocacy tracking and duties when not acting as the Forensic Interviewer
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities as requested


  • Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred
  • Experience with children and families and have knowledge of issues involved in child abuse and neglect cases
  • Strong communication and computer skills necessary
  • Must be versatile, self-motivated, and accountable
  • Must be able to think critically, manage stressful situations, and work as a part of a team.
  • Must be willing to travel for training and business purposes; some overnight travel is required.


The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. 


Please submit your resume & references via email to:, via fax 304-337-2123 or via mail to The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center, 102 W Main Street, Paden City, WV  26159.

No phone calls, please.