The CAC refers children to Pediatric Care Specialists for a medical exam. Click HERE to learn more about Pediatric Care Specialists.
A CAC medical exam is a head to toe physical exam that is completed by a trained medical professional with pediatric experience and child abuse expertise. Child victims of abuse who need immediate medical attention are referred to a local emergency room for evaluation and treatment.
The purpose of a CAC medical examination is:
To help ensure the health, safety and well-being of your child;
To diagnose, document and address any medical conditions resulting from abuse;
To differentiate medical findings that are indicative of abuse from those which may be explained by other medical conditions or caused by accident;
To assess the child for any developmental, emotional or behavioral problems needing further evaluations and treatment and make referrals as necessary;
To reassure and educate the child and non-offending caregiver(s).
For sexual abuse allegations, the CAC medical exam may also include – support and crisis intervention, documentation of physical findings, treatment and/or referrals for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and other non-acute medical concerns, and follow up care as needed to facilitate treatment and healing.
Click HERE for information on the CAC medical exam for cases involving sexual abuse allegations.
Click HERE for information on the CAC medical exam for cases involving physical abuse allegations or a child witnessing violence.