CAP’s multidisciplinary patient care services focus on evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and post-care for infants, children and teens. Texas Children’s CAP, with 11 forensic nurses, is one of the largest programs of its type in the United States. Patient care services for suspected child maltreatment include:

  • An inpatient and outpatient consult service
  • A full-time sexual abuse outpatient clinic at Harris County’s Children's Assessment Center in Houston
  • An outpatient child protective health clinic

To address the specific medical and emotional needs of abused children, a large number of individuals serve as CAP professionals, including:

  • Pediatricians trained in child abuse
  • Sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) nurses
  • Forensic pediatricians
  • Forensic nurses
  • Social workers
  • Child life specialists

The CAP team works with subspecialists from the following services:

  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Urology
  • Ophthalmology
  • General surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Radiology
  • Neurology
  • Genetics
  • Retrovirology
  • Psychiatry 

Our Approach

As a multidisciplinary service, CAP draws upon a wide range of specialty, nursing, technical and support services to care for patients who have suffered child abuse and/or neglect. To provide affected patients with the excellent care Texas Children’s is noted for, the hospital follows a standardized, organized approach to evaluation, diagnosis and care. Prevention starts at the community level, with education for professionals and parents.