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CARE Team

Prevent child abuse

Led by a pediatrician who is board certified in child abuse medicine, the Cook Children’s Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) team provides medical and forensic evaluations for victims of physical abuse, neglect and drug exposure, sexual abuse screening examinations and preventative education for victims of child maltreatment.

CARE team examinations for child victims of abuse are conducted following a referral from Child Protective Services (CPS), law enforcement agencies, 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

CARE team examinations for child victims of abuse are conducted following a referral from Child Protective Services (CPS), law enforcement agencies, or a medical provider.

Cook Children's CARE team provides medical evaluations for:

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

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

Preventing child abuse and neglect

Prevention, help 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.

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Johnson County Children's Advocacy Center

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Texas Child Protective Services (CPS)

Protecting the Unprotected

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Help and Hope

This site, from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, offers help for parents and hope for kids.

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Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and offers crisis intervention, information, and emergency, social service, and support resources.

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1-800-4-A-CHILD

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). All calls are confidential

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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.

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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.

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Meet our team

Pediatric nurse practitioners

Christi Thornhill
DNP, RN, APRN, ENP, ACNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CP-SANE
Director of CARE Team, Fostering Health, Trauma Program and Surgical Clinical Excellence Program
Donna Wright
MSN, RN, APRN, CPNP, CP-SANE
Elizabeth Popeck
DNP, RN, APRN, CPNP-PC
Caitlyn Bastable
DNP, RN, APNP, CPNP-PC

Forensic nurse examiners

Summer Anderson
BSN, RN, CP-SANE
Crystal Baxter
BSN, RN, CP-SANE
Theresa Fugate
BSN, RN, SANE-P, CP-SANE
Stacey Henley
MSN, RN, SANE-P, CP-SANE
Nurse Manager
Bren Ledbetter
BSN, RN, CP-SANE, CA-SANE
Jaclyn Monday
BSN, RN, CP-SANE, CA-SANE
Pamela Simmons
MSN, RN, SANE

Education coordinator

Pamela Simmons
MSN, RN, SANE

Social work

Allyn Cary
MSW, LCSW
Stacy Starkes
MSW, LCSW

Office coordinator

Claudia Williams

Care partners

Jessica Escamilla
Catherine George

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.