There are several practice sites and opportunities for a comprehensive and varied learning experience in this new field:
- Center for Miracles: Located in an outpatient facility adjacent to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Center for Miracles opened in May 2006. This referral-only clinic evaluates children referred by child protective services, law enforcement, forensic interviewers, and physicians, and is a collaborative program staffed by UT Health San Antonio faculty and fellows working with ChofSA social workers and medical assistants. Children with non-emergent injuries and conditions suspicious for physical abuse, sexual abuse and/or neglect are evaluated in this clinic, as well as siblings of child abuse victims. In addition, follow-up skeletal surveys and examinations are provided for children with severe injuries. Volume: 1000-1300/year
- Child Protective Services, Regional Building: Multi-disciplinary staffings are conducted two half-days a week at CPS offices. This service is funded by the Forensic Assessment Center Network described below. Volume: 500-600/year.
- Forensic Nurse Examiner program: Located at ChofSA, the child abuse fellow work with extensively trained nurses who provide assessments of children and adolescents who are suspected victims of acute sexual assault, physical abuse or severe neglect. The child abuse fellow and the FNE provide photo-documentation and assault examination of children presenting to the emergency department.