No matter how the child arrives in the system, he/she will always go through the following steps. The first step is for the child to receive an evaluation by 3 professionals:
3. Nutricionista -- A nutritional evaluation which will establish the child's growth rate and unfortunately, in many cases decide if the child is malnourished.
Following the evaluation, each professional will prepare a report and make recommendations for the child. These reports are used as the basis for legal proceedings. See step #3 on Wednesday.
The evaluations are typically performed in a hospital setting. The child may stay in the hospital a few hours, over night, over the weekend, or many days depending on their health status, time of day they arrive, and availability of foster/institutional placement. See more tomorrow on placement, Step #2.