42 Wondrous Years
and still going . . .

Chadwick Center
for Children and Families

How it all started:

In 1975 in San Diego, a group of professionals from law enforcement, child welfare, probation, social work, medicine, and others gathered together with one thing in mind … to create a coordinated community response to child abuse and neglect. From this visionary group, ideas became a reality in the founding of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council, the Child Protection Team for child abuse case review, and what is now the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.

In January 1976, the new hospital-based child protection program, the Chadwick Center, formally began its journey to provide quality programs and services for abused children.

In the beginning, the program was simple with few staff providing physical abuse medical evaluations and a prevention program with parent aide home visitors. In January 1979, a defining moment in our growth came when the Center began a contract with the City of San Diego to provide medical evaluations of victims of child sexual abuse.

So much has happened in the intervening 40 years—many exciting, creative, innovative ideas, services and programs. Over that time span, funding dictated a variety of programs; however, Evaluation, Treatment, Intervention, and Education remain as the core programs at the Center.

San Diego International
Conference on Child and
Family Maltreatment—
32 Years

Conference Beginnings

In 1985, after several years of staging local and regional conferences, we presented a successful statewide conference which emboldened us to launch a national conference in 1986. There were a whopping 125 attendees, and over the years, we have grown to 2000! This is our 30th year in offering a distinctly international multidisciplinary conference known for its quality evidence-based sessions given by renowned expert faculty.

This year we are introducing a new feature using current technology to keep you updated on conference events and schedule using a Conference mobile application. Along with this application, we will offer free Wi Fi service in the conference center.

We are excited to share our 40/30 years of enthusiasm and commitment with you in January 2016! We hope to energize you with our program. Please come, and join your colleagues from around the world in renewing your passion to make a better world for children and families.

Chadwick Center Staff

The Chadwick Center for Children and Families

Who We Are

In a society that often does not want to hear or think about the abuse or violence that children and families experience, the Chadwick Center, named after our founder, David L. Chadwick, at Rady Children’s Hospital has created a safe place to heal from traumatic life events.

In the Forensic and Medical Services Program (FMS), doctors and nurses provide medical examinations to collect forensic evidence and help children physically recover from abuse and trauma. Social workers are specifically trained to forensically interview children to assist in the investigative process.

In the Trauma Counseling Program, the staff provides evidenced based and supported therapy, psychological testing, and advocacy. Over the course of treatment, these children and families undergo incredible changes as they engage in treatment and healing from their trauma.

To reach out with skills and knowledge, the Professional Education Department provides training to professionals from around the world about best practices in child maltreatment.

boy hitting pinataKids and Teens in Court Program
In cooperation with the Family Protection Unit at the District Attorney's Office the Juvenile Dependency Court, and the Victim Advocacy Program, the Kids and Teens in Court program helps children, teenagers, and their caregivers who are not suspected of abuse learn how the courtroom and possible trial works.

Rady’s Chadwick Center provides a Research Center in cooperation with the University of California-San Diego.

Evidence-Based Initiatives (New)

The Chadwick Center leads and participates in several initiatives funded by state and federal grants to assist professionals in many fields by providing tools that inform about evidence-based practices, trauma in children, and child maltreatment reporting, prevention and treatment:

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs. The primary task of the CEBC is to inform the child welfare community about the research evidence for programs being used or marketed in California. This project is funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP).

The Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Project is funded by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP). The goal of this project is to have training available for mandated child abuse reporters so they may carry out their responsibilities properly.

The Chadwick Center created the intervention model, Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

The Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP) will support the evolution of public child welfare agencies into trauma-informed organizations to better serve victims of child maltreatment while also supporting the agencies’ efforts to serve as facilitators of change in their communities. This project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Chadwick Center is proud to have made lasting differences in the lives of thousands of children and families since opening our doors in 1976.