The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence.
Our Vision: APSAC envisions a world where all maltreated or at-risk children and their families have access to the highest level of professional commitment and service.
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April 27, 2016 - An amicus brief was filed on behalf of APSAC in the case of Wollschlaeger v Governor of Florida. The case in which a state law prohibiting pediatricians / medical doctors from discussing with patients whether there are guns in the child's home and whether, if they are, they are stored safely. Read the brief and the motion.
APSAC filed a friend of the court brief requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court decide whether a traumatized ten-year-old child is able to waive his rights to remain silent and get a lawyer when arrested for murder. Read Joseph H. v. State of California
Frank Vandevort, APSAC President and a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School stated, “Joseph’s case is simply shocking. The trauma and suffering that he experienced as a young child surely curtailed his development, and any expectation that he could understand Miranda is nothing short of shameful.”
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APSAC SHARES ITS POSITION PAPER ON ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD MALTREATMENT AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE IN DIVORCE/PARENTAL RELATIONSHIP DISSOLUTION
APSAC Joins Leading Medical Organizations
to Advocate for Children
APSAC has joined with several leading medical organizations in an amicus brief aimed at protecting child abuse pediatricians from being sued and, in turn, protecting children from maltreatment. APSAC joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Medical Association and the Ray E. Helfer Society in filing an amicus brief in the United States Circuit Court for the 9th Circuit in the case Jones v Wang. The case involves important questions of immunity for physicians who evaluate children for possible maltreatment. In the case, Dr. Claudia Wang was sued after she took reasonable and ethical steps in an effort to fully diagnose a child’s injuries after the child appeared in the emergency room with skull fractures and numerous fractured ribs. Read APSAC’s amicus brief
APSAC Joins other child advocacy organizations in Supreme Court Case
APSAC Joins other child advocacy organizations in asking the Supreme Court to review the decision of the trial judge to allow a defendant who is representing himself at trial to directly question the child-victim in M.A. vs. Padilla. Read the amicus brief
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess the association between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.
Recently, a group of undergrads from the University of Utah, produced a short educational video discussing the ACE Study and the importance of protecting children from severe trauma.
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New Benefit Announced for Members! Free Online Access
APSAC's Voice is being heard by the United States Supreme Court! Ohio v. Clark
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24th Annual APSAC Colloquium in New Orleans
June 21-25, 2016
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2016 APSAC Child Forensic Interview Clinics
APSAC's Child Forensic Interview Clinics offer 40 hours of intensive training on investigating interviewing of children.
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July 25-29, 2016, Seattle, WA
Training held at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, 19010 First Ave. S., Burien, WA 98148
October 3-7, 2016, Norfolk, VA
Training held at the Courtyard Marriott, 520 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510
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NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families:Creating Solutions
October 4, 2016 - October 6, 2016 | Garden Grove, CA
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