Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge



The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, now in partnership with The New York Foundling, was founded in 1986 and is a nonprofit, national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. Especially important to APSAC is the dissemination of state-of-the-art practice in all professional disciplines related to child abuse and neglect. On October 1, 2016, APSAC partnered with The New York Foundling, whose mission offers an expansive array of services for under-served children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families. 


News and Events

2020 Colloquium Workshops Now Avaiable!

February 12, 2020

APSAC's 27th Colloquium will offer a new extended schedule of Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Advanced Training Institutes, an extended schedule of workshops, research sessions, discussion roundtables and research posters addressing all aspects of child maltreatment. This year's theme is:


Strengthening Practice through Knowledge: Promoting Excellence in Prevention, Investigation and Intervention in Child Maltreatment


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Tribute to David L. Chadwick, MD (1926 – 2020)

January 19, 2020

David L. Chadwick died peacefully Sunday, January 19th, 2020 surrounded by his loving family and wife, Michele, at their home in La Mesa, California.  David was a giant in the child maltreatment field and one of APSAC’s strongest champions and supporters.  He was one of APSAC’s core founders and served as APSAC’s second president.  He is the first former APSAC president to pass away. 

Read more about Dr. Chadwick here or click the button below to view a video tribute. 

Announcing the 2020 Webinar Series from APSAC and The New York Foundling

January 15, 2020

APSAC and the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection of the New York Foundling are proud to present the APSAC & Foundling Educational Webinar Series. Join us for in-depth conversations with leading experts in the field of child maltreatment.


See our full list of 2020 Webinars.

New: APSAC Advisor 31(3): Psychological Maltreatment Special Issue

December 17, 2019

APSAC is pleased to bring you the latest issue of the APSAC Advisor, guest edited by Stuart Hart, PhD and Marla Brassard, PhD. This special issue provides important information on research, policy, and clinical interventions for psychological maltreatment (PM).

Now Available: The APSAC Monograph on Psychological Maltreatment

December 17, 2019

APSAC is proud to share the inaugural publication in our Monograph Series -- The APSAC Monograph on Psychological Maltreatment (PM). The purpose of APSAC's Monograph Series is to provide in-depth treatment to important topics within the field of child maltreatment. This monograph includes:


  • Context, definitions, and forms of PM;

  • Risk factors for PM;

  • Assessment, intervention, and prevention of PM;

  • Future directions for child rights and overall child well-being as they relate to PM;

  • And much more.


This monograph is available to all regardless of APSAC membership status. Access it here, and please share with clinicians, researchers, students, policy makers, and others who may find the document useful.

New! APSAC Alert 10(4): Responding to Sudden Infant Death

November 13, 2019

APSAC is pleased to bring you our latest edition of the APSAC Alert! This edition, authored by Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS, FAAP, provides a summary of recent research and best practices for responding to sudden infant death. 

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APSAC Training & Events

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Online Trainings

June 7-12, 2020
APSAC's 27th Colloquium
New Orleans, LA
Forensic Interview Clinics
Multiple dates and locations

APSAC Publications

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Programs & Initiatives

APSAC believes that all professionals working with children and families involved in child maltreatment need access to accurate, current, high quality information that they can translate into usable solutions to solve their most critical policy and practice issues.


The APSAC 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.

The Young American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (YAPSAC) is the division of APSAC designed to serve students and young professionals to ensure that the next generation of leaders in the field of child maltreatment have access to the multi-disciplinary information, resources, and network  that APSAC offers.

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