What We Treat

The Center for Safe and Healthy Children is a child advocacy center that provides the following services  in a safe, child-friendly environment by a team of professionals who have extensive pediatric experience:

  • Comprehensive medical and forensic evaluations
  • Behavioral health assessment and counseling
  • Professional training
  • Community education and research
  • Collaborative partnerships within the community

How the Center for Safe and Healthy Children works

We provide medical examinations for children and teenagers who have symptoms or behaviors of suspected physical or sexual abuse.

When you arrive at the center:

  • You will be asked to complete a medical history for your child and provide insurance information
  • Your questions will be answered by our staff and they will explain the exam to you

As you are meeting with the team, your child:

  • Will meet with a child life specialist and patient care tech who will check your child’s height, weight, blood pressure and temperature
  • Will be allowed to explore the medical exam room and the equipment used and will be given choices of things to do during the exam

Your child’s medical exam will be done by a doctor or a nurse practitioner who will take a close look at your child’s whole body, including his or her eyes, ears, mouth, stomach and genital area. The exam will be a similar to a well checkup at the pediatrician.

Read more about what to expect during your child's visit

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Appointments and referrals

Scottish Rite location

Hours of operation: Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Thurs. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please note we only see patients by referrals from your Primary Care Provider (PCP), another Child Advocacy Centers (CAC), Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), or law enforcement. We do not accept self-referrals.

If you would like your PCP to refer you, or you are a PCP, download the referral form.

If you are a CAC, DFCS or law enforcement and would like to request an appointment, download the request form.

To make an appointment for forensic medical exam only, please call 404-785-3833.

To make an appointment for CSEC medical exams and forensic interviews, please call 404-785-3854.

Hughes Spalding location

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Hughes Spalding location also offers medical clearance exams for children entering DFCS custody. We will accept walk ins for these exams if a slot is available.

To make an appointment, please call 404-785-9930.


For more information or to schedule an appointment please call Scottish Rite (404-785-3820) or Hughes Spalding (404-785-9930).

Services We Offer

We provide forensic medical evaluations and interviews, behavioral health assessments and counseling, multidisciplinary team review and case tracking and research. In addition to clinical services, the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children offers ongoing training, education and consultation as well as collaborative partnerships within the community.

Our services include:

  • A child-friendly environment
  • A private waiting area
  • Personalized, age-appropriate exam education and preparation
  • A comprehensive medical history and examination conducted in a comfortable environment by a forensic physician or nurse practitioner
  • Colposcopic exams using video camera equipment for detailed, high quality photographic documentation
  • Recorded forensic interviews
  • Second-opinion consultations
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Behavioral health assessments and counseling
  • Referrals for counseling
  • Professional training
  • Community education and prevention programs
  • Multidisciplinary team meetings for case coordination

Our Unique Approach

A combined effort

We work 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
  • The legal system
  • Community abuse and neglect professionals

Meet our team

Helpful Resources

Below are a listing of helpful websites and books for parents, caregivers, professionals and teens who would like to learn more about child advocacy and abuse prevention. 

Download a full list of book resources

Locations

Hughes Spalding hospital

35 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Northside Professional Center

975 Johnson Ferry Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-4735