Welcome to the Medical College of Wisconsin Section of Child Advocacy and Protection
Child maltreatment, an Adverse Childhood Experience, is a challenging and complex medical diagnosis. Given its complexity and impact upon the health and welfare of children and families, the American Board of Pediatrics recognized the need for an appropriately trained and certified group of specialists to evaluate this pediatric condition.
In 2006, the American Board of Pediatrics approved child abuse pediatrics as a new subspecialty in pediatrics and inaugurated the first group of board-certified child abuse pediatricians in 2009. Currently, there exist only 348 board-certified child abuse pediatricians in the United States, and only 5 in Wisconsin—all at the Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Wisconsin.
The Children’s Hospital Association defines a child maltreatment “Center of Excellence” as a center that is “distinguished by additional educational and research capabilities” and fulfills the following criteria:
- Features larger child protection teams whose members include additional professionals in the hospital
- Offers advanced diagnostic and treatment services that often require consultation with hospital medical and surgical subspecialists
- Is likely to offer an accredited fellowship training in child abuse pediatrics
- May sponsor multicenter trials
Due to strong support from Children’s Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) is the only recognized Center of Excellence in child maltreatment in Wisconsin, and has grown to become one of the largest, leading academic child abuse programs in the nation. The culturally competent clinical services are extensive and include a very active hospital-based program as well as multiple outpatient child advocacy centers staffed by a cohesive team of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other staff.
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Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives
August 31, 2023
The CAPS program proudly invests in anti-human trafficking efforts through a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
Children's Wisconsin CAPS Team Providers Present at State and National Conferences
July 12, 2023
Representatives from the CAPS program had the opportunity to share valuable information at two important conferences this spring.
Tap into the Wisconsin Child Abuse Network (WI CAN) for Continuing Education
July 3, 2023
The Wisconsin Child Abuse Network (WI CAN) educational series offers free continuing education hours every third Friday of the month. Learn about the purpose and function of this knowledgeable network and where you can access this valuable resource.
Panda Cares Commits $2 Million to Children's Wisconsin
May 24, 2023
Funds support services at Children's Wisconsin Child Advocacy Centers, providing care for kids impacted by abuse or neglect.
2023 WHA Advocacy Day: Exchanging Knowledge and Inspiration
May 24, 2023
Child Advocacy representatives met with lawmakers to engage in discussion of important health care priorities, including those that impact Wisconsin's Child Advocacy Centers.
May 12, 2023
If I am a mandated reporter, what are my responsibilities? Understanding expectations and knowing how to report concerns of child maltreatment keeps kids safe. Refresh your understanding of mandated reporting and revisit some key resources.
What Child Abuse Prevention Means To Me – A Doctor's Perspective
April 17, 2023
Kristin Belsaas, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow, reflects on National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Learn the depth and breadth of what "prevention" means to her as a practitioner serving area children and families.
Shining the Spotlight on Our Newest Social Worker Audrey Sondheimer
March 17, 2023
Social workers contribute to the lives of patients every day, but during Social Work Month, we're especially fond of our CAPS social workers. Meet our newest teammate, Audrey, and the important role social work plays in CAPS.
New CAC Clinic Now Open to Patients in Appleton
March 17, 2023
The Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center's new location offers resources that will help serve Appleton area families.
Child Advocacy and Protection Services (CAPS) APP Program Expansion
January 31, 2023
Learn more about our APP programs and providers.
Children's Corporate Center
999 N. 92nd St.
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
(414) 266-3157 (fax)