Sign In
Cook Children's
Patient Portal

CARE Team

Child with dark background

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.

To report abuse, neglect or exploitation

Please contact the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at 1-800-252-5400. If the child is in immediate danger, call 911

Cook Children's CARE 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

Prevention and support resources

Alliance for Children

Alliance For Children is Tarrant County's Children's Advocacy Center, dedicated to the protection and healing of child abuse victims.

More Information

Johnson County Children's Advocacy Center

Johnson County Children's Advocacy Centerprovides each child who has suffered abuse with justice, hope and healing.

More Information

Children's Advocacy Center of Parker County

The Mission of the Children's Advocacy Center of Parker County is to end the cycle of abuse by giving the children of Parker County a voice.

More Information

Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center

The vision of Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center is to reduce the trauma to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members and to work toward improving the justice system's response to child abuse.

More Information

The Women's Center

The Women's Center's mission is to inspire and empower women, men and children to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. It is a place of hope, opportunity and better futures for families in Tarrant County.

More Information

One Safe Place

One Safe Place is a comprehensive crime prevention agency devoted to preventing crime and violence in Tarrant County's neighborhoods, schools and homes.

More Information

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS)

Protecting the Unprotected

More Information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

More Information

My Health My Resources (MHMR) Tarrant County

MHMR Tarrant works to improve the lives of people with health care needs, such as substance use disorder, psychiatric disorders, and intellectual delays and disabilities.

More Information

Meet our team

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

Therapy Dog

Kitty Therapy DogKitty
Sit...Stay....Play therapy dog, and comfort specialist

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.