Child Abuse Assessments
A Resource to Keeping Children Safe
CHRISTUS Health strives to be a resource to keeping children safe. We provide comprehensive assessments and evaluations for suspected child abuse or neglect on a referral-only basis. The goal of our assessments is to provide accurate and complete medical information to agencies investigating child abuse and to identify any needs of the family that may improve the child's health and safety. In addition, we provide families with referrals to appropriate resources so they can fulfill these needs.
Assessments & Evaluations
We do a thorough medical examination to determine any injuries that the child may have. If necessary, the doctor may order lab work, x-rays or any other tests needed to confirm or rule out abuse.
Our medical team will document photos of 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.
When needed, our child protection team will conduct psychosocial evaluations of the child, parent, sibling, caregiver or witness of abuse.
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.
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.
We offer additional services, including short-term counseling, physician consultations, mental health staffing, physical abuse and neglect staffing, as well as inpatient consultations.