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About Us

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.


Our Mission: The mission of APSAC is to improve society’s response to the abuse and neglect of its children. 


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.

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


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


APSAC is your source for networking, education, publications and resources. Thousands of child maltreatment professionals from all over the world - attorneys, child protective services workers, law enforcement, 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.


From our Advanced Institutes in January and our Forensic Clinics in the spring and fall, to our Annual Colloquium in the summer, you won't want to miss these year-round opportunities for education and networking opportunities.  


APSAC is on the move.  Don't  miss the action!  Check out our social media postings, our website's home page or join our email list!  

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