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Division of Child Protection

The Saint Louis University Division of Child Protection is home to our Child Protection and Fostering Healthy Children Programs.

Child Protection Program

The Child Protection program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach while providing expert assessment of victims and suspected victims of child maltreatment including physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and neglect. Both inpatient and outpatient consultative services are provided at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. 

Fostering Healthy Children Program

The Fostering Healthy Children program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach while providing expert assessment of children entering foster care. The program provides ongoing medical management for enrolled children in concert with state and community agencies. The division interfaces with local providers and community agencies to facilitate the provision of optimal care and services to children.

Medical Education

Educational responsibilities include medical students and faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine as well as residents, fellows and staff at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. Educational opportunities are available to the medical, legal, child protective, and law enforcement communities. Education and crisis intervention is provided to families on a regular basis.


  • Timothy Kutz, M.D.
  • Erin Wade, M.D.

Clinical Staff

  • Cara Christanell, MSN, RN, CPNP


  • Weaver N, Taylor M, Weaver T, Kutz T. Support Over Silence for KIDS: A bystander training program to address public child maltreatment. Children and Youth Services Review 2020
  • Ann DiMaio, M.D. interviewed on KTVI-TV Ch. 2 about child sex trafficking. January 24, 2017
  • Payne BS, Kutz TJ, Di Maio A, Gerard JM. Prevalence of Retinal Hemorrhages in Infants Presenting with Isolated Long Bone Fractures and Evaluation for Abuse. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Online 25 July 2016.