A medical evaluation is offered to any child who is brought to the CAP for allegations or concerns of child abuse. All medical evaluations are performed by a highly trained, licensed health care provider.
The purpose of the medical evaluation is to ensure the health and well-being of the child. The evaluation may also:
- diagnose and treat medical conditions related to abuse
- reassure the child that everything is ok with his/her body
- document any significant physical or forensic findings
The health care provider who examines your child will sit down with the caregiver(s) after the evaluation to explain the results and the need for any follow-up appointments. As required by New York State law, CAP staff work as members of the Multidisciplinary Team. The licensed medical provider will discuss and provide a written report with the professionals who are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the crime of child sexual abuse. With consent from the child’s legal guardian, information may be shared with the child’s pediatrician and primary care physician. CAP advocates will provide all caregivers with the HIPAA compliant releases for the purpose of designating who information may be shared with and for how long.
Medical evaluation appointments usually last two hours. The evaluation itself is short and non-invasive. The child will be well prepared prior to entering the medical room. Children are never forced and are given as much time as necessary to feel comfortable and know what to expect.
For more information on Medical Evaluations at CAP, please call 716.338.9844.