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Child Protection Team of Pasco County

The criminal defense attorneys at Sammis Law Firm often represent individuals in cases involving Child Protection Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff's office and the Child Protection Team of Pasco County. The Child Protection Team performs expert child abuse assessment. The medical and social work staff works with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Investigators during investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and child neglect.

If you are under investigation in New Port City, Land'O'Lakes, or Dade City, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for Pasco County at Sammis Law Firm. In many of these cases, the allegations are completely false, but it is still helpful to have an attorney fighting to make sure your rights are protected at every stage. We fight cases involving false allegations of the following:

Florida Section 39.303  for Child Protection Teams

Section 39.303(2), Florida Statutes, identifies specific children and maltreatments mandated for the referral to the teams. Florida law does not,  however, limit referrals to those specifically mandated. The target groups for assessments by the Child Protection include physically abused children (particularly those 0-5 years of age), sexually abused children, and children who lack health care (such as medically neglected children).

The Child Protection Team services help the child protective investigations conducted by the Florida Department of Children and Families and law enforcement.

To fully document alleged physical and sexual abuse and neglect, the Child Protection Team in the County of Pasco conducts:

  • Child abuse medical assessments;
  • Psychological assessments and evaluations
  • Forensic and specialized interviews requested by Law Enforcement & Child Protective Investigations;
  • Crisis interventions;
  • Risk assessments;
  • Multidisciplinary case staffing; and
  • Case management and referral for services professional; and
  • Community training and education

Florida Statute Section 39.303 grants the Children’s Medical Services Program in the Department of Health the authority to develop, maintain and coordinate Child Protection Team services through contracts with local community-based programs such as the Child Protection Team of Pasco County.

Employees of Pasco County’s Child Protection Team

The team leader of the Child Protection Team of Pasco County is Jon Wisenbaker, M.S. - CPt Clinical Supervisor, Other employees include the CPT Clinical Supervisor, CPT Medical Director, Senior CPT Specialist, several CPT Specialists, Data Entry Specialist, a CPNP, and several nurse practitioners including a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (CPNP) and several Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).

Additional Resources

Trauma Treatment Programs in Pasco County - One therapy option at the Children’s Advocacy Center is the Trauma Treatment Team which is designated by the Florida Department of Health as one of only fourteen sexual abuse treatment programs across the state of Florida. Children who are 3-18 in Pasco county can receive treatment. Referrals come from Child Protective Investigations, the Pasco County Sheriff's office, the Pasco County Public Schools, Eckart Community Alternatives, after the abuse is reported to the Child Abuse Hotline and/or Law Enforcement and the symptoms that the child is exhibiting symptoms that interfere with day to day functioning.

This article was last updated on Thursday, February 2, 2017.