CHKD Child Abuse Program
Michelle Clayton, MD
Suzanne Starling, MD

Executive Director

Jane Hollingsworth, Psy.D.

Professional Staff

  • Carole Campbell Swiecicki Ph.D., Mental Health Director
  • Nell Duff, LCSW
  • Darci Fritz, MS
  • Joanne Glass, LCSW, BCD
  • Laura Kanter, LCSW
  • Nancy Nixon, LCSW
  • Erinn Portnoy, LCSW
  • Kathy Reid-Quinones, Ph.D.
  • Anne Russell, LCSW
  • Dawn Scaff, RN, BSN
  • Daisy Schuurman, DCFI
  • Jenna Spagnuolo, MBA
  • Michele Thames, M.Ed., DCFI

My Child is Having a Forensic Medical Examination

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does my child need to have a forensic medical examination?
  • The abuse happened a long time ago, does my child still need a forensic medical?
  • My child already had a medical examination. Why does my child need another medical examination?
  • What should I tell my child about why he/she is having the examination?
  • Will it hurt?
  • What happens during the medical examination?
  • Who has access to my child’s video?
  • Will my child be tested for sexually transmitted infections?
  • Can I be in the room with my child during the examination?
  • If there is no evidence does that mean nothing happened?
  • If there is no medical evidence, will that hurt the investigation?