As a community leader in child abuse and prevention, CAP initiates outreach efforts that include communicating with target audiences to provide helpful information and specific tools to detect and prevent child abuse.
Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP) at Texas Children's is collaboration between Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.
Inspired by a community physician in 1978, the program has evolved tremendously during the past 3 decades due to increased awareness and recognition of child abuse and neglect as a growing social issue.
See child abuse facts and the program's milestones below:
- In our community and throughout the nation, child abuse and neglect continue to be serious problems. A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States, and 4 children die as a result of abuse every day.
- In response to this important social issue, CAP at Texas Children’s Hospital employs an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to minimize the impact of child abuse and neglect on children of all ages in our community through prevention, patient care and outreach.
- In 2009, Child Abuse Pediatrics was officially designated as a medical subspecialty in the United States by the American Board of Pediatrics.
- In 2010, Texas Children’s Hospital was recognized as a hospital and academic health center with expertise in pediatric health care and a demonstrated commitment to developing advanced programs and centers of excellence relating to the abuse and neglect of children. CAP was awarded a MEDCARES (Medical Child Abuse Resource and Education System) grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. MEDCARES is focused on improving the assessment, evaluation and treatment of child abuse and neglect.