Medical and Psychosocial Assessments Child Abuse Assessment Center at the Center for Miracles

Crying child in mothers arms
At the Center for Miracles, we provide complete medical and psychosocial assessments for children who are referred by Child Protective Services, law enforcement or medical professionals and who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect. 

The assessment may include any of the following:   

Complete Physical Examination

Our doctors will do a thorough medical examination of the child to determine any injuries that child may have. If necessary, the doctor may order lab work, x-rays or any other tests needed to confirm or rule out abuse.

Forensic Photo-documentation

Our medical team will photo-document any skin findings, including bruises, lacerations, scars, and skin markings that may be confused with trauma. This documentation is then used to help confirm or rule out abuse.

Psychosocial Evaluation

When needed, our child protection team will conduct psychosocial evaluations of the child, parent, sibling, caregiver or witness of abuse.

Diagnosis/Report

Our doctors will provide the Child Protective Services caseworker with a complete report of the findings. That report will help CPS make the best decision for that child's safety and well being.

Court Testimony

When necessary, our professionals testify in court to explain their findings and to help the jury or judge make important decisions about the child's health and safety

Additional Services:            

          - Short-term counseling
          - Physician consultations
          - Mental health staffings
          - Physical abuse and neglect case staffings
          - Inpatient consultations at The Children's Hospital of San Antonio

  • What is Child Abuse?
  • Possible Signs of Abuse
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Possible Signs of Sexual Abuse