Child Protection Team

The Child Protection Team (CPT) is an interdisciplinary team that helps UMMC staff assess and address possible child abuse and neglect. The team includes pediatricians, social workers, a psychologist, and a Baltimore City Department of Social Services (DSS) representative. In addition, police and Child Advocacy Center representatives provide consultation, as needed.

To contact the Child Protection Program please call 410-706-5176 or email 

CPT Goals

  • Provide support and consultation, ensuring optimal care for children who:

    • may have been maltreated
    • have been maltreated
    • are “at risk” for abuse or neglect (i.e., maltreatment)
  • Provide education and training on child abuse, neglect and intimate partner (or domestic) violence

  • Build collaborative relationships within the UMMC and with the community for addressing and preventing maltreatment

  • Engage in continuous quality improvement

  • Develop policies for UMMC pertaining to child maltreatment

The following examples may reflect child abuse or neglect:

  • Physical Abuse -- Injury pattern suspicious for abuse or injury inconsistent with history
  • Sexual Abuse -- History or disclosure suggestive of sexual abuse, age-inappropriate sexualized behavior, genital findings suggestive of abuse, sexually transmitted infection in prepubertal child and pregnancy in young adolescent
  • Neglect -- Failure to thrive with significant psychosocial problems, medical neglect (non-adherence (non-compliance) to treatment, jeopardizing child's health or dangerous delay in seeking health care), grossly inadequate clothing or hygiene or extended school absence
  • Emotional/Psychological Abuse -- Hostile or inappropriate parent-child interaction or intimate partner violence

Ways that the CPT can assist UMMS staff:

  • Help clarify if a child has been abused or neglected
  • Assist in evaluating suspected abuse or neglect and managing suspected abuse or neglect
  • Provide guidance in making a report to CPS
  • Trouble-shoot with CPS, law enforcement, the state's attorney's office and other professionals
  • Help prepare court testimony
  • Provide psychological assessments and in-service trainings
  • Provide 24/7 consultation (most of the time) whenever there is a concern regarding child abuse or neglect
  • Consult in multi-disciplinary case conferences

Team Members

Howard Dubowitz, MD, MS
Pediatrician & CPT Chair
Extension: 410-706-6144

Charles Shubin, MD
Pediatrician at Mercy
Office: 410-500-5568

Wendy Lane, MD, MPH
Extension: 410-706-7865

Leslie Fitzpatrick, LCSW-C
CPT Coordinator
Extension: 410-706-5176

Forrest Closson, MD
Extension: 410-328-6335(ED)

Randy Chang, PsyD
Extension: 410-706-4869

Brandi Stocksdale, LCSW-C
Baltimore City CPS
Extension: 443-423-7286

Kristen Favarulo, LCSW-C
UMMS Social Worker
Extension: 410-328-0841

Carrie Freshour, LGSW
PATH Clinic Social Worker
Office: 443-682-6620

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