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Referral and Evaluation of At Risk Children (REACH)


In both the short and long term, the effects of child abuse can be devastating.  Without expert care, the effects on an individual will almost certainly last a lifetime.

While a child’s health and safety is the primary concern of the Children’s REACH team, the staff goes beyond the initial referral and medical evaluation to ensure each child is connected to the treatment she needs – including the psychosocial support and other resources necessary to help the child overcome the difficulties associated with physical abuse, sexual abuse, failure to thrive, and neglect.

REACH is the only clinic in the Greater Dallas and North Texas area with medical providers specially trained and certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics. REACH works closely with community agencies to promote early identification of at-risk children, and to support families through primary and secondary prevention efforts.

Why Children's Health℠?

Children’s Medical Center Dallas believes that caring for children includes those who are in particularly difficult situations, and that those who have experienced neglect or abuse need more than a Band-Aid approach to help them heal, move beyond the abuse,  and thrive.

The clinical team at Children’s REACH is linked with law enforcement, including the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, the District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services (CPS), and all of the resources and medical subspecialties within Children’s Medical Center. The combined effort of those resources and healthcare professionals ensures that the best, most comprehensive care is available to at-risk children in North Texas.

Conditions We Treat

  • Medical evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of child abuse
    •    Physical abuse
    •    Sexual abuse
    •    Non-organic failure to thrive
    •    Neglect

  • Inpatient and emergency room consultations in cases of suspected child abuse
  • Outpatient medical evaluations for child abuse diagnosis, prevention and treatment
  • Psychosocial assessments and referral to appropriate social services agencies and medical subspecialties
  • Social services, translation services, and child life support


Referrals must come from CPS  or from law enforcement agencies.

Physician-to-physician referrals or consultations can be arranged, however Children’s emphasizes that families should be notified of child abuse concerns prior to the appointment time.

When scheduling an appointment, please provide the patient’s name and date of birth, reasons for and nature of concerns, and physician’s clinical findings.


Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect
US Department of Health 
Long-term Health Outcomes of Child Abuse
National Institutes of Health