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Child and Adolescent Protection Center
The Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children’s National Hospital is the only medical center in the District of Columbia with a team of health professionals dedicated to victims and survivors of child abuse and their families. We are one of few hospitals in the country using a team approach to assessing and treating these individuals.
The Child and Adolescent Protection Center believes that all children have the right to develop and mature in a supportive, nurturing environment and that they have the need and the right to be protected from every form of violence, victimization and neglect. When children are victimized, they must be given appropriate medical and mental health assessment and treatment with dignity, respect and an appreciation for their emotional and intellectual maturity.
The Center’s team of medical professionals provides comprehensive examinations (conducted by child abuse pediatricians and sexual assault nurse examiners) and treatment of sexually transmitted infections or injuries. Medical services are available by appointment or on an emergency basis, and forensic medical examinations for recent sexual abuse/assault are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Center’s team of mental health professionals (clinical social workers and a psychologist) provides crisis intervention for children and families, and trauma-informed mental health services for children and youth who have experienced abuse. Mental health services are provided by clinical social workers and psychologists who are child victimization specialists. Our psychologist can also provide educational, psychological, developmental, psychosexual and parent-child relationship assessments.
The Center's other services for families include:
- Psychological testing
- Juvenile offender and Problematic Sexual Behavior therapy services
- Educational, psychological, developmental, psychosexual and parent-child relationship assessments
- Individual victimized child and adolescent therapy for victimized children
- Individualized therapy for children exposed to domestic violence and parent survivors of domestic violence
- Education and training
The Center staff also provides consultation to colleagues inside and outside the hospital. Additionally, the Center’s team members provide training to a variety of professionals, both medical and non-medical, for whom the identification, intervention and treatment of child abuse is necessary.
Children's National also offers a free training called Stewards of Children for child sexual abuse prevention. More information about the training can be found on the website of Darkness to Light, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse. To schedule a training please email Victim Services Coordinator Siobhan Copeland or call her at 202-476-6718.
It is important to educate ourselves, our colleagues and the community on the effects of child abuse, including how to identify it, steps after identifying and how we can become more involved in preventing it. Please stop by the Child and Adolescent Protection Center for more information or visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website.
The District of Columbia's Multidisciplinary Team includes the Freddie Mac Foundation Child and Adolescent Protection Center, as well as the following agencies:
Child and Adolescent Protection Team