About St. Luke’s CARES
St. Luke’s CARES is a neutral, child-friendly facility where children can feel safe and comfortable, and be heard. We provide children and their families an opportunity to understand their trauma and begin the process of healing in a warm and accepting environment. We treat children in an age-sensitive manner to reduce further emotional trauma.
Our team provides:
It is vital that children tell their story, and that they are believed
- Medical examinations, treatment, and forensic interviews conducted by specially trained professionals: We provide a sensitive, caring, and comprehensive medical and forensic evaluation of a child’s injuries, thus minimizing the need for repeated exams and interviews. Interviews are carried out in a child-friendly room specially equipped for videotaping. The medical exam is performed to ensure the health and safety of the child, reassure the child that everything is okay with his or her body, diagnose and treat medical conditions related to the abuse, and document significant physical and forensic findings.
- Legal documentation, court preparation, and crime victims compensation assistance
- Follow-up and referrals to counselors and other community resources. Financial assistance for counseling is available.
- Education for parents and children
. Most children never report their abuse. Those who keep it a secret or who “tell” and are not believed are at far greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems, often lasting into adulthood.
CARES is a full member of the National Children's Alliance.
Referrals to St. Luke’s CARES
Children are primarily referred to CARES by child protective services, law enforcement agencies, and the court. Healthcare providers may refer to CARES after consulting with CARES medical staff. Referrals cannot be taken directly from parents, counselors, attorneys, or others. Such concerns will be directed to Child Protective Services or law enforcement agencies.
Idaho law requires that anyone who believes a child has been physically or sexually abused report the abuse to local authorities.
Contact St. Luke’s CARES
: (208) 577-4460
Fax: (208) 577-4469
: (208) 814-7750
Fax: (208) 814-7759
St. Luke’s CARES serves children and families from throughout southern and central Idaho, eastern Oregon, and northern Nevada from our clinics in Boise and Twin Falls, where most interviews and examinations are conducted.
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Give a Gift to Support CARES
No child is ever refused access to the services of CARES, which is funded in large part by grants and donations. You can help ensure this vital community program will continue to be available to our children by giving a gift to support CARES
through your local St. Luke’s Foundation.