Child Protective Services
Every child deserves to live in a safe, secure environment. To that end, the Child Protective Services (CPS) team at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and preventing child abuse and neglect.
This nationally recognized, family-focused program brings together experts from different disciplines--such as medicine and social work--to identify and care for victims of child abuse.
CPS provides 24-hour consultation for inpatients and outpatients as well as children who are admitted to the emergency room. Each year, more than 1,100 children receive services from CPS.
Our doctors have developed a unique model--now considered the standard of practice--that provides more medical input in the assessment of child abuse. Today, any child in Chicago with certain injuries that may signal abuse is reviewed by a medical expert. Such input helps child welfare agencies make the best possible decisions about suspected abuse cases. This program, called the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Education and Evaluation Center of Excellence (MPEEC), is nationally recognized.
Outreach is another important component of the CPS program. Our staff serves as a resource for the community on child welfare concerns, and we are available to help families and pediatricians with issues of abuse and neglect. In addition, our staff provides training and education for health professionals, police officers, local child welfare agencies, and other community members.