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APSAC Membership

New Members and Renewing Members
Why Join APSAC?

APSAC is your source for networking, education, publications and resources in the discipline of child maltreatment and related fields. Thousands of professionals from all over the world - attorneys, child protective services workers, law enforcement officers, nurses, physicians, researchers, teachers, psychologists, clergy, administrators, and allies - have joined APSAC's effort to ensure that everyone affected by child maltreatment receives the best possible professional response.

What Benefits Do Members Receive?

The APSAC Advisor, a hands-on style, electronic (PDF format) quarterly publication that brings you the latest news in practice, research, legislation, publication and events in the field of child maltreatment. APSAC's online library features content from the APSAC Advisor.

The APSAC Alert, an electronic (PDF format) quarterly publication designed to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and their families affected by abuse and violence. Its purpose is to examine empirical research or discuss timely topics and translate those concepts and ideas into approaches that are useful and practical for front-line child-serving professionals, including child protective investigators, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, judges, forensic interviewers, victim/witness assistants, or other allied professionals. 

Child Maltreatment, the distinguished quarterly peer-reviewed journal designed expressly to bring APSAC's members the latest research, policy, and practice information in clear language and immediately usable form. Provided electronically with membership; additional fee to receive printed copy. See membership application for details.

  • Online access to the Trauma Violence and Abuse Journal, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal devoted to organizing, synthesizing, and expanding knowledge on all forms of trauma, abuse, and violence.

  • Discounts on APSAC's National Colloquium, Forensic Interview Clinics and Advanced Training Institutes.

  • A thriving State Chapter network through which members can form vital partnerships with other professionals in their states.

  • The opportunity to participate in national task forces, establishing best practice guidelines in many critical areas.

  • Access to all APSAC Practice Guidelines (online, PDF format), including Forensic Interviewing in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse, Integrating Prevention Into the Work of Child Maltreatment Professionals, Challenges in the Evaluation of Child Neglect, and more. New Guidelines become available as they are published.

  • An interdisciplinary professional network of thousands of colleagues.

  • Online web tools, including a Membership Directory, Career Center, and resource library.

What is the cost of membership?



Student Membership                                                             $30.00

(Verification of full-time student status required)

Front Line Professional                                                            $40.00

Open to child welfare, child protection, and law

enforcement professionals employed by a public

agency, making under $50,000 annually.

Retired Membership                                                              $65.00                     


Young Professional                                                                 $95.00

(5 or fewer years out of school)      


Full membership/Professional                                                $145.00 



Supporting/Sustaining Member                                           $195.00  

This membership helps to subsidize APSAC memberships for students

and young professionals so they may gain access to the resources,

expertise, and network that APSAC provides.   

Benefactor                                                                            $500.00

This membership helps to ensure APSAC’s long range stability by ensuring we have adequate operating reserves to meet emerging  needs.

Lifetime Member                                                                          $1,000.00

New! Organizational Memberships

$250      20 or fewer staff                          3 logins

$350       21- 100 staff                              5 logins

$500      101 –  499 staff                          7 logins

$750       500 –  999 staff                        10 logins

$900       more than 1,000 staff                12 logins

Note: If you are part of a large organization (e.g. hospital, university, government) that wants to purchase an organizational membership for a specific unit, like a Division or Department, please send an email to stating the number of employees in the Department or Division, then buy the organizational membership that fits that size (e.g. under 20, or 20 – 100). Organizational memberships can be purchased online or using our membership application.


Membership dues comprise an important source of income to enable APSAC to serve. If it is possible to consider a larger organizational membership level and share the benefits with more of your colleagues, please do.

General Membership Information

APSAC accepts new memberships year round. Individuals applying for membership must be a professional working in the field of child maltreatment or a related field. In applying for membership, professionals certify compliance with the APSAC code of ethics as well as the professional and ethical standards of and all laws and regulations relating to their respective profession or field. Membership in APSAC does not certify professional competence.

APSAC's membership runs from January 1 through December 31st or from June 30 to July 1 the following year.    Any members joining from Oct 1st through December 31st will enjoy 3 additional months of membership. Members who join prior to October will receive current copies of APSAC publications that are included in membership benefits.

APSAC accepts membership payments by check and credit card. If you wish to make a check payment, please complete the online form, print your member invoice (generated at the time of form completion) and mail it to: 


c/o The Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection,  The New York Foundling

590 Avenue of the Americas, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10011

Attention: Leslie Schmerler 

If you require a paper form or your agency has specific requirements for invoicing, contact

Note to renewing members: 


If your membership expired on December 31, January 1 is your renewal date.  Your membership anniversary date cannot change; your membership expiration date will be the same as the prior year regardless of when you renew.  So, to get the most of your membership dollar, renew as close to January 1 as possible.


For example, if your membership runs January-December, even if you renew in May, as an existing member you will keep your January 1 renewal date.


However, if you are a new member or someone who has not been a member for at least 2 years, dues paid after April 15 would qualify you for a July 1 – June 30 membership. If you are renewing your membership and would like to take advantage of the July 1 - June 30 member year, contact 


Please contact us at with any questions.

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