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Membership Organizations

  • The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a membership society dedicated to serving professionals who work in child abuse and neglect and thereby improve the quality of services to maltreated children and the adults who share and influence their lives.
  • The International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) is a multidisciplinary international organization that brings together a worldwide cross-section of committed professionals to work towards the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and exploitation globally.
  • The National Children’s Alliance (formerly the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers) is a nationwide not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote and support communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to victims of severe child abuse.
  • The Ray Helfer Society is an honorary society of physicians seeking to provide leadership to enhance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
  • Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the nation’s oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization. CWLA is committed to engaging people everywhere in promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting every child from harm.

Government Sites


Local Resources

  • San Diego Child Victim-Witness Protocol was originally developed in 1991 and updated by the San Diego County Child Victim-Witness Protocol Committee in 2018. It guides the multidisciplinary coordinated response to child abuse.
  • San Diego Child Victim-Witness Checklist was added as an addendum to the Victim-Witness Protocol in 2012 in an effort to streamline the multidisciplinary team response into a series of practical and working checklists.
  • Child Protection Team Orientation Packet contains helpful information for new and existing team members regarding the Child Protection Team (CPT) case review meetings held at Rady Children’s Hospital and Palomar Hospital; key agency players and contact information; and Child Advocacy Centers hours and services provided.
  • Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center and the only area hospital dedicated solely to pediatric care, and the “parent” organization of The Chadwick Center for Children and Families.
  • The San Diego Family Justice Center (FJC) is a “one stop shop” for victims of family violence and their children in the City of San Diego. In addition to law enforcement and prosecutors, the FJC offers such services as advocacy, restraining orders, safety planning, medical assistance, counseling, transportation, and nutrition or pregnancy counseling.
  • San Diego County’s “Network of Care for Mental Health” is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health by providing information about mental health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

National Resources

  • Preventing Child Abuse: Building Protective Factors describes protective factors and lists three national protective factors frameworks for preventing child abuse.
  • Artists Helping Children is a nonprofit charity dedicated to bringing comfort to children in hospitals, clinics, and shelters by brightening their environment with murals and other art.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides services nationwide for families and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) raises the standard of care and improves access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
  • The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), is a resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. The mission of the NCVC is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides the nation with a toll-free resource that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (1-800-799-7233). The website contains practical information to assist domestic violence victims and domestic violence service providers.
  • The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. NCVC is devoted to achieving a better understanding of the impact of criminal victimization on adults, children, and their families.
  • The UC Davis PCIT Training Center: Federal and State policymakers recognize PCIT as a successful and effective evidence-based practice.  For nearly a decade and a half, the CAARE Center has been a leader in developing PCIT for high-risk and maltreating families, and in disseminating PCIT throughout the world.
  • Guide for Child Welfare Administrators on Evidence-Based Practice pertains to prevention and intervention services, but the overarching principles can be applied to all practices in child welfare. It is intended to provide a foundation of information for child welfare administrators.
  • Adaptation Guidelines for Serving Latino Children and Families Affected by Trauma is a 75-page guide that describes 12 priority areas that may need to be adapted when working with the Latino/Hispanic populations in the U.S.



Preventing Child Maltreatment“: A pamphlet describing evidence-based parenting curriculums and child abuse prevention programs was made possible with a grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. These programs were identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and presented at The Chadwick Center’s January 2006 San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. All the programs listed have been submitted to rigorous outcome studies and show positive results. Contact information is provided for each program.