Erin began her career in child abuse investigations as an advocate for children and their families. Through this position she was able to gain perspective and understanding for how trauma and maltreatment truly impacts child abuse victims and their families as a whole. For the past decade, Erin has worked with alleged victims of abuse and their families in order to navigate the complicated aftermath of abuse and trauma. Through her role as a forensic interviewer, Erin has interviewed thousands of children and worked to provide a safe, neutral environment in order for them to communicate about any potential maltreatment. She has also testified in several child abuse cases ranging from juvenile, civil and criminal court hearings and trials. Erin currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County and as one of their Forensic Interviewers.
Ms. Kraner earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, including biology, psychology and kinesiology from Hendrix College, and has a dual-focused master’s degree in marriage and family therapy as well as community counseling from John Brown University. She is a member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and has co-authored an article currently being peer reviewed. Erin is a certified law enforcement instructor, and has been one of the points of contact and faculty members of ChildFirst® Arkansas since 2012. She serves on the Forensic Interviewing Committee for the CACs of Arkansas, and assists with facilitating their state-wide peer review program for all forensic interviewers at CACs in AR.
Erin has a passion for empowering children and realized early on that one of the best ways to do this is through working with the adults and professionals in those children’s lives who are fighting tirelessly for their safety and well-being.
Blocks and problems in forensic interviews
Peer review and mentoring for forensic interviewers
Interviewing young children
Interviewing adolescents and teens
Interviewing children who are reluctant to disclose