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Child Protection at SSM Cardinal Glennon 

Childhood is full of opportunity, but far too many children fail to reach their full potential because of abuse or neglect. Every day children are injured or killed as a result of maltreatment. Children deserve support, assistance and the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life.

The Child Protection Team provides expert assessment of abused children in a compassionate, child friendly manner.

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FAQs about the SAM clinic

FAQs about child abuse

Meet the team

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For assistance, concerns or appointments, please call 314-577-5347 or 314-268-6406.

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Services we provide

  • Evaluation of suspected physical or sexual abuse and neglect
  • Telephone consultation, triage and crisis intervention
  • Counseling recommendations and referrals
  • Educational opportunities regarding child abuse for health care, legal, child protection and law enforcement personnel
  • Community outreach to groups, organizations and schools regarding child abuse and its prevention

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Frequently asked questions about the Sexual Abuse Management (SAM) clinic

What is the SAM clinic?

The SAM clinic is a team of health care professionals who specialize in child sexual abuse treatment and care.

How do I get a child seen in the SAM clinic?

The clinic has office hours by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. To make an appointment for evaluation for suspected child sexual abuse, call us at 314-577-5347.

What can I expect during a SAM clinic visit?

  • Friendly, professional, knowledgeable staff
  • Opportunities to discuss concerns, problems or issues
  • Questions about the child’s medical and social history as well as the reasons for the visit
  • A physical examination of the child done in a friendly, caring manner
  • Specialized photographs may be taken
  • Testing for infections might be done
  • Emotional support
  • Referrals to additional services might be given

How long does a SAM clinic visit take?

The appointment is approximately 90 minutes (1 ½ hours) long

What are some things I can tell a child about the SAM clinic visit?

  • “This is a special doctor’s visit.”
  • “This doctor’s office is just for kids.”
  • “You can tell them anything that’s bothering you, it's ok.”

What should I bring to the SAM clinic visit?

  • A photo ID of any adult coming with the child.
  • The child’s insurance information.
  • Any medications the child might be taking.
  • Books, toys or electronic devices that might interest or distract the child during their appointment

How do I get to the SAM clinic?

  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center’s address is 1465 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104. We are conveniently located between I-64 & I-44 in downtown St. Louis. Click here for more information.
  • The SAM clinic is located on the ground floor of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in the Ambulatory Care Center. Come in through the hospital’s Main Entrance and turn right. Enter through the glass doors and sign in for your appointment. The clinic staff will guide you through the rest of the process.

I still have questions. What do I do?

Call the Child Protection Team at 314-577-5347. Knowledgeable, caring, healthcare professionals are here to help you.

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Frequently asked questions about child abuse

What are some warning signs of child abuse or neglect?

These are a few signs that might signal a child is in danger. There are more. If you think something is wrong or doesn’t feel right, report your concerns.

  • Inappropriate anger toward adults or other children
  • Sudden, dramatic changes in personality or activities
  • Age inappropriate sexual knowledge or behavior
  • Frequent or unexplained bruises or injuries
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor hygiene
  • Injury to self, such as “cutting”
  • For more information, click here.

How do I report child abuse or neglect?

Call the Child Protection Hotline for your state:

  • From Missouri, call 1-800-392-3738
  • From Illinois, call 1-800-252-2873

I’m afraid I’ll get someone in trouble if I call the hotline. Is there a different way to tell someone about my fears?

The best way to protect a child is to call the Child Protection Hotline. Trained professionals are available to answer your questions and help keep children safe.

I reported my suspicions but I don’t think anyone did anything. What now?

If you think abuse or neglect is happening, report it and keep reporting it until something is done. You might save a child’s life.

What can I do to protect children?

  • Never shake a baby
  • Know where children are and who they are with at all times
  • Seek help for family violence, alcohol and drug abuse
  • Talk to children about appropriate and inappropriate touch or contact
  • Carefully screen babysitters and child care centers
  • Don’t ignore suspicious behaviors by others, even family members
  • Click here for more helpful tips on protecting children

Are there other resources in the community available to help children and families?

Yes, there are many resources available in the St. Louis and metro area. Some include:

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Meet the Team

Timothy Kutz, MD, Director

Linda Shaw, MD, MSSW

Cara Christanell, MSN, RN, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Deborah J.Throne, MSN, RN

Sarah Rice, BSN, RN

Karen Gudic, LCSW, Social Worker

Theresa Forsythe, Secretary

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