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CARE Team

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Led by pediatricians who are board-certified in child abuse medicine, the Cook Children's Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) team provides medical evaluations, psychosocial assessments and preventive education. Most CARE team examinations are conducted following a referral from Child Protective Services, a law enforcement agency or a medical provider.

The team provides medical evaluations for:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Other forms of child maltreatment
  • Neglect
  • Drug exposure
  • Medical child abuse

The CARE team is actively involved in community education and training in the awareness and prevention of child maltreatment.

Preventing child maltreatment

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Christi Thornhill
NP, SANE, Nursing Director
Donna Wright
NP, SANE
Elizabeth Popeck
NP

Nursing Staff

Stacey Henley
RN, SANE, CARE Team Manager
Theresa Fugate
RN, SANE
Pamela Simmons
RN, SANE
Valerie Penic
RN, SANE
Bren Ledbetter
RN, SANE

Social Work

Allyn Cary
Social Worker
Stacy Starkes
Social Worker

Office Coordinator

Amanda Barr

Care Partner

Clerbella Valcourt

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Contact information

Phone: 682-885-3953

Clinic hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

We're here to help.

If your child has been recommended to us, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-3953.