“Children are not just short adults. They have very different developmental stages, language abilities, memories. You can’t take a four or five-year-old child and ask them the question that you could ask an adult and hope to have them understand the question and give you an answer,” Cruz says.
Cruz says the Center works with law enforcement, the state Department of Children and Family Services and medical officials to help both children and their families. She says the program sees about 220 child abuse cases each year.