Audrey Hepburn CARES team
at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

When the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund relocated from New York to Los Angeles in 1998, it became concerned with the needs of children in Los Angeles. The Fund has recently entered into a partnership with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and founding sponsor Longines Watch Company to establish the Audrey Hepburn CARES Team at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

The Audrey Hepburn CARES Team is comprised of some of the very best professionals in pediatric medicine. It provides medical expertise to reliably identify and treat the hundreds of children who are victims of abuse and neglect among the thousands of children who come to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles each year for care. The CARES Team also provides the consultation necessary to help ensure that these children receive the full protection of the justice system and offers the mental health services necessary for the recovery of these children and families. In addition, CARES Team members actively participate in education, training and research projects both within the hospital and for the community. It is one of the few child abuse teams in Southern California whose members have extensive formal training in child abuse and in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. This provides a critical additional focus, enabling the CARES Team to provide a more global assessment of all victims of abuse and the ability to ensure comprehensive care to the community's population of children with developmental disabilities, a large group that is statistically at higher risk for child abuse.

Working in conjunction with multiple law enforcement agencies, the Department of Children and Family Services, and other child advocacy organizations, the CARES Team is a resource for some of the most challenging cases involving child maltreatment, ranging from sexual and physical abuse to neglect and HIV infected victims. In addition, the CARES Team is also available to provide consultative services regarding pediatric gynecological concerns.

Longines is a founding sponsor of the Audrey Hepburn CARES Team at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

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