First Witness Child Advocacy Center (CAC) collaborates with St. Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health to provide forensic medical evaluations in reported cases of child abuse. A referral for a medical exam is offered for every child and/or adolescent brought to First Witness CAC. The purpose of a forensic medical examination conducted by our medical team of physicians is to provide an overall assessment of a child and/or adolescent’s health and safety, recommend appropriate follow-up and treatment, document additional statements and/or physical evidence in circumstances of sexual or physical abuse, and provide reassurance to a child and/or adolescent and their caregiver about their body and health.
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