We Treat the Whole Child
The Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children focuses care on the child and gives children information and control during their visit. We believe in the Child First Doctrine—putting the child’s interests first, not the authorities, the investigation or the “story.”
Our team meets with the parents or caregivers before and after the medical evaluation and interview. The family is informed about the services. The medical provider and social worker consider the needs of the whole family in light of the current situation. Appropriate educational materials, resources and referrals are given to the family to address their needs. We consider this form of family-centered care to be critical in the child’s recovery.
A Combined Effort
We works with different groups to provide a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach when investigating child abuse reports with Georgia authorities. These include:
- National and Georgia Law enforcement personnel
- Georgia's Child protective services
- Legal system
- Community abuse and neglect professionals
We provide forensic medical evaluations and interviews, behavioral health assessments and counseling, multidisciplinary team review and case tracking, and research and collaborative partnerships. In addition to clinical services, the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children offers ongoing training, education and consultation.