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Children at Risk Evaluation Center

The CARE Center evaluates and initiates treatment for children of suspected physical or sexual abuse and neglect. We have a team of doctors, nurses and social workers who see children and teens referred by private physicians, law enforcement agencies, child protection agencies and other community agencies. We also provide consultation when abuse is suspected for a child on an inpatient unit.

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Contact CARE Center (Child Abuse)


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CARE Center
Akron Children's Hospital CARE Center
Locust Professional Building
300 Locust Street
Suite 170 - Entrance on front of building
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-3023
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CARE Center, Canton
Akron Children's Hospital CARE Center, Canton
The Children's Network of Stark County
213 Market Avenue North
Suite 200
Canton, Ohio 44702-1440
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Child Advocacy Center
Akron Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Center, Boardman
Building C
6505 Market Street
Suite 3100
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-746-9151
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Paul McPherson
Paul McPherson, MD

Director, Children At Risk Evaluation Center; Child Abuse Pediatrician


Emma Raizman, MD, FAAP


Accepting New Patients


Ashleigh Welko, MD, MPH, FAAP

Pediatric Hospitalist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alissa Edgein, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Monique Malmer, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Kathleen Nduati, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Stefanie Nusbaum, MSN, APRN-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner


What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

Some of the Conditions We Treat...