This month we are spotlighting our incredible Forensic Interviewer, Amy Kerr. Amy joined The Children’s Center staff in 2019. In the past 3 years, she has done more than 385 interviews with children because of concerns about child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, or a witness to violence. She brings extensive experience as a licensed social worker and a former police detective to her role in helping children. Between cases, Amy hones her interviewing skills through peer reviews, professional development, and discussion groups about the latest research.
Her experience and empathy are making a difference for children in Medina County every day. She is an essential part of the team to help children who have experienced abuse start their pathway to healing.
We asked Amy to share a little more about herself so that we could all get to know her a little better.
How did you learn about The Children’s Center of Medina County? How did you first become involved with The Center?
As an Intake Social Worker for Medina County Job and Family Service (MCJFS), I did interviews with children who may have been victims of child abuse, although the specific methods of forensic interviewing that we use now were not practiced at that time. Later, as a Detective for Medina Police Department, I brought cases to the Child Advocacy Center for forensic interviews as part of the criminal investigation. After I retired from the Police Department, a forensic interviewer position opened at The Children’s Center. I applied and got the position.
What is your current role? What do you do in that role?
I am the Forensic Interviewer for the Child Advocacy Center. I conduct neutral, fact-finding, developmentally sensitive, and legally sound interviews of children who may have been a victim of child sexual or physical abuse, neglect, or a witness to violence.
What are you most proud of in your work with The Children’s Center?
Providing a safe space for children to disclose what may have happened to them or what they may have seen happen to someone else and helping them to find the words to talk about what happened.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
“She believed she could, so she did!” My parents got me a bracelet with that quote. My family has always been very supportive of my life and career choices.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
On an ideal weekend, I would be relaxing by spending time with my daughter and my dogs.
What season is your favorite?
Fall has always been my favorite season! I love the colors and the coziness!
What does the community need to know about The Children’s Center?
The Children’s Center staff truly care about families healing from abuse and the professionals tasked with helping them!