Mission & History

About the Center for Child Policy

Why do we need the Center for Child Policy?


  • Research may not exist on critical program or practice areas. Practitioners must make decisions on how to keep children safe without supporting data.


  • If research does exists, not all data is equally valid. The poor quality of some research should invalidate it from being used for decision-making.


  • The child maltreatment field is comprised of many different professions, and cross-professional research is hard to come by. Child maltreatment requires a multi-professional response. Each profession has its own vocabulary, ethical guidelines, and set of professional responsibilities. Professionals are left struggling with research that contains vocabularies, methods, and procedures that are not necessarily applicable to their profession.


  • In areas of controversy, there is often research from multiple perspectives and opposing viewpoints. Instead of tuning out the dialogue and dismissing contradicting research findings as "differences of opinion," it's important to thoroughly understand all viewpoints in order to make the best decision based on the research.


Our Mission


We translate the best available research findings into useable resources that promote best practices in all professions involved with child maltreatment.


All professionals working with children and families involved in child maltreatment need access to quality information, based on the best available data, that they can translate into useable solutions to solve their most critical practice issues.


The Center for Child Policy will help professionals working in all child maltreatment-related fields to access, translate, and to implement the best available research into effective practice.


Our Work


Aside from writing and distributing informational white papers or policy papers on critical issues, the work will be targeted to help people in the field apply the information to best advantage their practice and the children and families they serve.


Some envisioned activities include:


  • Identify and articulate the most critical and challenging policy and practice concerns in the child maltreatment field
  • Scrutinize and evaluate available research on each topic
  • Carefully plan targeted activities to drive strategic change
  • Work with practitioners and consultants to design implementation strategies
  • Translate and distribute findings and recommendations
  • Ensure that all products are available and accessible to practitioners and end users

About The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children



Founded in 1987, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a nonprofit, national organization that is focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. APSAC produces and disseminates state-of-the-art professional practice materials geared toward helping child maltreatment professionals provide the best possible services for the children and families that they serve.


APSAC is strongly committed to:


  • Preventing child maltreatment
  • Eliminating the recurrence of child maltreatment
  • Promoting research and guidelines to inform professional practice
  • Connecting professionals from the many disciplines to promote the best response to child maltreatment
  • Ensuring that America's public policy concerning child maltreatment is well informed and constructive
  • Educating the public about child abuse and neglect




To improve society’s response to the abuse and neglect of its children by promoting effective interdisciplinary approaches to identification, intervention, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment.


As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

About The New York Foundling



Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1869 as a home for abandoned children, The Foundling today offers an expansive array of services for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. Whether it’s an abused child in need of a foster home, a young mother who lacks the skills to care for her child, or a young person lost in the juvenile justice system, The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families.




The New York Foundling, in the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, The Sisters of Charity, helps children, youth and adults in need through efforts that strengthen families and communities and support each individual in reaching his or her potential.


  • Compassion - All interactions with and among children, youth, adults, families and staff are based on our continuously renewed capacity to be open to the full range of their individual needs, circumstances and potential.
  • Dignity - Each person's dignity, rights and spiritual preferences are treated with respect, honor and fairness.
  • Family and Community - Children, youth, adults and staff benefit from lasting, interdependent and meaningful relationships in their community.
  • Diversity - Respecting, embracing and celebrating the differences among us, strengthens us.
  • Excellence- Excellence and leadership require continual emphasis on innovation, increasing knowledge and delivering the highest quality services and programs.




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American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children  |  APSAC Center for Child Policy  |  2017