The CARE (Child Abuse Resource and Education) Program serves as the clinical consult service for child abuse pediatrics at Dell Childrenís Medical Center of Central Texas. The CARE team provides medical and psychosocial assessments of children in whom abuse and/or neglect is suspected. The team evaluates for a broad spectrum of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, medical child abuse, and various types of neglect. The teamís goals are to ensure that children are safe and healthy and that child maltreatment is identified and managed appropriately.
The CARE program interfaces with multiple clinical specialists (psychology, radiology, and other pediatric subspecialties) as well as non-medical community partners such as the legal system, law enforcement, and CPS to provide comprehensive care of children who may be abused or neglected.