Child Protection Center employees serve on statewide committee

December 9, 2020

Child Protection Center employees serve on statewide committee Two CPT members now serve on the DOH Child Forensic Interview Advisory Committee

Danielle Hughes, the Child Protection Center (CPC)’s Team Coordinator of the Child Protection Team (CPT), has been appointed as a member of the Child Forensic Interview Advisory Committee. Erick Quevedo, CPT’s Lead Case Coordinator, also serves on this committee and is chairing the Subcommittee for Designation and Certification.

The Florida Department of Health established the Child Forensic Interview Advisory Committee to assist the Child Welfare System in its efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of Florida’s children. The purpose of the Committee is to analyze, assess and evaluate the current child forensic interview practices and resources. Members will assess the availability of standardized child forensic interviews, child forensic interview training, best practices, and other relevant statewide needs.

Doug Staley, Executive Director of CPC, stated, “Danielle currently assists in the forensic interview training for the state of Florida. She has testified in regards to forensic interviews in the 12th Judicial Circuit and her knowledge will be extremely beneficial to this process. She is a natural fit to serve on this committee. Erick is another highly regarded member of our Child Protection Team. He serves as a bilingual forensic interviewer for our team and assists with the training of bilingual forensic interviewers statewide.” Both Danielle and Erick are qualified as experts in child abuse.

The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse. CPC has been serving Sarasota & DeSoto Counties since 1980. In fiscal year 2020, The CPC provided 66,698 services to individuals. For more information on CPC, please call 941-365-1277.

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