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APSAC State Chapters

State Chapters play a crucial role in the fulfillment of APSAC's mission. Chapters provide an opportunity for the professionals who work in the same state to meet, share ideas and experiences, develop strategies for improving professional services to clients in their state, influence public policy, and educate the public, other professionals, and policy makers about child maltreatment.

Chapters engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • Publishing newsletters

  • Sponsoring conferences and training seminars

  • Evaluating public policy

  • Educating members of the media, legislators, and policymakers

  • Convening interest groups and task forces

  • Cooperating with other organizations that respond to child maltreatment



Chapters are very important to the national organization. State Chapter coordinators and officers are an important conduit of information between the national staff and Board, and APSAC members at the local and regional level. APSAC Board and staff look to state chapter coordinators for nominations for Board elections and awards, for suggestions for the direction of the organization (e.g. new task forces, membership benefits, and issues to address), for feedback on ideas emanating from the Board, and for help getting information out to members. Without the energetic activity of State Chapters, APSAC's work would proceed much more slowly.

The co-chairs of the State Chapters Committee are Sue Hardie and Leslie Schmerler. If you have questions regarding your State Chapter or how to form a chapter in your state, contact Hannah Gilbert at APSAC's national headquarters.

Info and Docs
Important State Chapter Information 

State Chapter Guidelines - This document provides the who, what, when where, why and how to establish and run and APSAC chapter.

State Chapter Agreement ​- Valid for three years from sign date.

State Chapter Annual Report and Grant Request Template​

New for 2019-2020: The APSAC Annual Report and Grant Request were merged into a single document. States not requesting grant funds are still required to complete the Annual Report section of the document. This document will be due on January 31 annually. Please note that you must have an active state chapter agreement on file to receive grant funds. 


State Chapter Committee Meetings: APSAC conducts State Chapter Committee meetings monthly on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00 PM ET. Any State Chapter or state considering chapter formation is welcome to call. Contact Hannah Gilbert to receive the call-in number and password to join these calls. 

Instructions for Sending Documents: Please email State Chapter Agreements (valid for three years), Annual Report and Grant Request forms, requests for new chapter start up grant funds, to Hannah Gilbert. If you wish to send by mail, please send 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

APSAC is growing our chapter network! Efforts are currently underway to start chapters in the following states:

  • Georgia

  • Louisiana 

  • New Jersey

  • Ohio

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Virginia

If you are in one of one of these state and are interested in joining the effort to start a state chapter, or if you'd like to take a leadership role in starting a chapter in another state, email Hannah Gilbert.

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