Child Advocacy and Protection: Patient Care
The Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) program operates seven Child Advocacy Centers and two medical satellite offices across Wisconsin. It also includes a hospital-based child advocacy program in Milwaukee.
The hospital-based Child Advocacy Consult Service provides services to children seen at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and associated clinics as well as to community physicians, law enforcement, and social services when concerns about child maltreatment arise.
Our outpatient Child Advocacy Centers provide onsite services including forensic interviews, mental health therapy, medical evaluations, and victim services.
The medical team is composed of pediatricians and nurse practitioners who are actively engaged in teaching and research in addition to their clinical duties.
In total, the child abuse team evaluated more than 6,000 cases of suspected child maltreatment in 2013, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and foster care evaluations.