Child Abuse Resource and Evaluation Team

The CARE Team primarily provides care for children who are suspected victims of violence, as well as, providing medical forensic services to children that are suspected victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect.

For referral and assistance:
Emergency Services (361) 694-5100
CARE Team (361) 694-CARE (2273)

The team consists of a specially trained Medical Director, SANEs (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) and Social Workers with involvement from hospital administration. The team provides medical forensic examinations, evidence collection, forensic photodocumentation and psychosocial assessments for children who are suspected victims of abuse.

The team works closely with advocates from the Nueces County Children's Advocacy Center, Child Protective Services (CPS) and multiple Law Enforcement agencies to medically and emotionally treat and protect the rights of abused children.

Services provided by the CARE ( Child Abuse Resource & Evaluation ) Team include:

  • forensic colposcopic examinations, treatment and follow-up of sexual assault victims 24 hours a day
  • forensic photo documentation 24 hours a day
  • inpatient consultation service to assist in the management of hospitalized patients with confirmed or suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect
  • expert witness testimony
  • outreach component provides expert witness testimony, professional education and community awareness program

Contact Information

Driscoll Children's Hospital

3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

Medical Director: Nancy Harper, M.D
CARE Team: (361) 694-CARE (2273)
For referral and assistance: (361) 694-5000
Emergency Services (361) 694-5100

For TTY Deaf Messaging Connect to TTY Interpretation by dialing
(800) 735-2989
Driscoll's Child Abuse Resource and Evaluation (C.A.R.E.) Team is comprised of five social workers, five forensic nurse examiners, two office support staff and one forensic pediatrician.
Sonja Eddleman, C.A.R.E. Team clinical coordinator (left), demonstrates the use of the colposcope with Social Worker Belinda Loera. The colposcope is used to examine areas of a patient's body that may have been penetrated for injuries or abnormalities.
Forensic photography is used to document injuries or abnormalities on a patient. Here, Sonja Eddleman, C.A.R.E. Team clinical coordinator (left), demonstrates the process with Jodi Mendoza, social worker.
A dedicated team
Examining the patient
Documenting abuse or neglect

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