Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine
Child Physical/Sexual Abuse/Neglect
The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics serves with Kosair Children's Hospital as the only statewide medical referral resource for child maltreatment assessments. Consultations are available for retrospective case review. Dr. Melissa Currie was the first board-certified child abuse pediatrician in Kentucky.
Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine provides a standardized approach to the assessment of child abuse and neglect issues. Our formal consultation service provides medical expertise on the diagnosis, documentation, and follow-up of suspected cases of child physical abuse and neglect. The pediatric forensic medicine team serves as liaison between the hospital team and community partners such as law enforcement, Child Protective Services (CPS), and the Department of Justice. Since 2007, the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine has performed over 3,600 consultations.
The Team is available for telephone consultation and support 24/7. We can assist health care providers and community investigators ensure an appropriate, timely workup and documentation in cases of suspected child maltreatment.
Forensic Mental Health Services, within the Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine, provides high-level, court ordered assessments for caregivers in alleged maltreatment cases. Evaluations provide Courts with concrete information regarding mental illness, personality disorder, bonding, parenting capacity, prognosis, and a variety of other mental health issues.
With Dr. Melissa Currie as its leader, the Department of Pediatrics is actively involved in a number of local and statewide coalitions formed to end child abuse, including Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement and the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. Dr. Currie is a founding member of the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, appointed by Governor Steve Beshear. The Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine faculty and staff sit on a number of state and local committees that impact the safety of children, including the state public health child fatality review, which is chaired by Dr. Currie, the local Jefferson County Child Fatality Review Team, Community Human Trafficking Task Force, State Children’s Justice Act Task Force, and the Jefferson County Citizens Review Panel. Dr. Currie is also the founding chairperson of the Jefferson County Physical Abuse Multidisciplinary Team, and program faculty regularly staff the Sexual Abuse Multidisciplinary Team. Dr. Currie has written the core content for statewide training modules for nurses and other professionals that are being provided as a result of House Bill 285, and she was instrumental in the passage of HB157 this session, which requires continuing medical education about child abuse for doctors in Kentucky who see children. Dr. Currie is also a regular presenter at the School of Medicine’s Cultural Competency Workshop, where she addresses the disproportionate treatment of African American children in the child welfare system. Finally, our faculty provides the medical examination component for our local child advocacy center, which assesses and provides treatment for suspected victims of child sexual abuse.
FAST FACTS: Child Physical/Sexual Abuse Services, 2013
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