Child Abuse and Neglect

The Child Advocacy and Protection Clinic provides a wide range of medical expertise in child abuse and neglect cases. The clinic takes referrals from Denver Health, other health providers, law enforcement or the Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS). The clinic is located at the Denver County Family Crisis Center, a DDHS building that serves multiple roles in supporting Denver area families.


Our Services

  • Examinations of children (up to age 18) at the request of law enforcement and human services for concerns of physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect. This includes initial examinations for children placed out of home
  • Nursing case management for high-risk families referred by the DDHS
  • Medical passport services for children in out-of-home placement, including gathering extensive health histories and provision of nursing case management

Who should see a Child Advocacy and Protection Clinic physician?

Patients are referred to our clinic from other medical providers, human services and law enforcement. If you have concerns of abuse or neglect, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437).

Our Team

Our clinic is under the direction of board-certified child abuse pediatrician Kathryn Wells, MD, FAAP and program manager Lisa Licata, RN. Dr. Wells holds a faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is also on faculty at Children‘s Hospital Colorado and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Our team consists of pediatrician Megan Henderson, M.D.; Sarah Eckhart, PNP; Coral Steffey, MD (arriving July 2018); administrative assistant Stephanie McClure; medical assistant Vanessa Fuentes; Nurse Family Wellness nurses Christine Lupia, RN and Brittany Sliter, RN; Medical Passport Team members Matthew Mulhern, Esperanza Chavez Lopez and Jeny Tumoka, and child life specialist Sheri Brasher.

Our team is committed to providing quality health care and empowering families to achieve better health outcomes. Our mission is to build on family strengths and help bridge the gap in interpreting the level of medical needs. We work to build cohesive relationships with our families and professional partners through our clinical team and nurse outreach program.