“The Children’s Medical Resource Network of rural southern Illinois provides specialized medical evaluations of children who are reported victims of child abuse or at risk of child abuse. Using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, the Children’s Medical Resource Network provides services within a framework of research-based practice, professional development, and community education”
Two other networks exist in the State of Illinois (Peoria and Chicago) and are also funded by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. These programs are affiliated with the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. Working together, the medical professionals of each network provide a system of medical care to children who may have been abused or neglected throughout the state. Therefore, no one medical provider carries the burden alone, and children are better protected.
These medical networks positively impact the child protection system in the state, helping DCFS keep children who are not abused in their homes, provide in-home services when appropriate and remove children from dangerous environments when necessary, so that fewer children experience serious injury or death.
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”