Child Protection Team
The Child Protection Team (CPT) was established within the University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in January 1980 to assist DCF in the detection and evaluation of suspected child abuse. The CPT mission is threefold:
- to enhance support services for abused and neglected children
- to increase public and professional awareness of child abuse and neglect
- to promote prevention of child abuse and neglect
This interdisciplinary team involves pediatricians, nurses, caseworkers, and psychologists who collaborate in the assessment of children and families referred by DCF due to allegations of child abuse and neglect. With the establishment of the CPT Assessment Center, it is estimated that CPT will serve and additional 1440 children per year. Within 72 hours after removal from their homes due to suspected abuse or neglect, children ages birth to 18 years are provided medical and psychological screenings to determine appropriate and specific placement recommendations, and to identify signs of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral deficits that may require further assessment and mental health intervention. To contact the Child Protection Team, please call: (305) 243-7550 or click here.