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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

How childhood trauma changes the brain

Dr. Jamye Coffman talks about the long-term effects of childhood trauma, and how to help a child or adult through trauma informed care.