Child Advocates of Fort Bend, partners open clinic for child victims of sexual abuse

From left: AccessHealth CEO Michael Dotson; Suzy Morton, chief of Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Division; Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend; CAFB Board President Betty Baitland; and Sandra Sanchez, director of the Harris Health System Forensic Nursing Program, are pictured at the opening of the new clinic. (Courtesy Child Advocates of Fort Bend)
From left: AccessHealth CEO Michael Dotson; Suzy Morton, chief of Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Division; Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend; CAFB Board President Betty Baitland; and Sandra Sanchez, director of the Harris Health System Forensic Nursing Program, are pictured at the opening of the new clinic. (Courtesy Child Advocates of Fort Bend)

From left: AccessHealth CEO Michael Dotson; Suzy Morton, chief of Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Division; Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend; CAFB Board President Betty Baitland; and Sandra Sanchez, director of the Harris Health System Forensic Nursing Program, are pictured at the opening of the new clinic. (Courtesy Child Advocates of Fort Bend)

Child Advocates of Fort Bend, along with AccessHealth and the Harris Health System, opened a medical clinic dedicated to child victims of sexual abuse Oct. 1, according to a CAFB press release.

The new clinic is housed at the AccessHealth location at 400 Austin St., Richmond, and is staffed by Harris Health forensic nurses.


“We are delighted to have a local clinic in Fort Bend County where children we serve at our Children’s Advocacy Center can be referred for their forensic exams, commonly referred to as sexual assault exams," CAFB CEO Ruthanne Mefford said in the release. AccessHealth is uniquely positioned to house the clinic. Also, because they have primary care doctors on site, if the children have other general medical needs, AccessHealth can provide those services seamlessly through their primary care physicians."

CAFB refers more than 200 children annually for sexual assault examinations following disclosure of sexual assault or abuse, the release said. 281-344-5100. www.cafb.org
By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Sugar Land/Missouri City

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.



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