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Child Abuse Research Education and Service Institute

Medical & Mental Health Referral

We accept referrals from Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), county prosecutors’ offices, community medical and mental health providers, social service agencies, hospitals and parents. A referral form must be completed for every child referred to the Institute. If a child or family is involved with DCP&P, the referral usually comes from the DCP&P caseworker.

For more information about services available at the Rowan-Virtua CARES Institute and to determine whether a child would benefit from our expertise, please contact our Intake Coordinator at 856-566-6447. Email the completed referral form along with the SAR* to

*SAR is a DCP&P form used only by DCP&P workers


Foster Care - CHEC Referrals

Our Foster Care Screening Program, known as the Comprehensive Health Evaluation for Children (CHEC) Program, is available for children ages birth to 21, who are entering an out-of-home placement through CP&P. To make a referral to the CHEC Program, the Child Health Unit Staff Assistant should fax the completed CHEC Forms to 856-566-6838, or call 856-566-6799.

Comprehensive information on the forms and process for referrals is available in our CHEC section:

Referral Process