To translate research into usable resources that promote evidence-informed policy-making and best practices for all professions involved in the field child maltreatment.
Why do we need the Center for Child Policy?
The child maltreatment field lacks sufficient multi-professional policy direction.
All professionals working in the child maltreatment field need access to solid, scientific information to help guide practice assessment and intervention.
Direct practice workers must make practice decisions with or without a strong evidence base. This information should be based on the most current and best available research.
In critical program or practice areas, research may not exist.
Practitioners sometimes must make decisions on how to keep children safe without adequate supporting data. Policy guidance recognizing both the knowledge and ignorance in the child welfare field of practice must be provided.
If research does exists, not all research is methodologically sound, interpreted appropriately, or contextually legitimate.
Poor quality research should be recognized and avoided.
In areas of controversy, there is often research from multiple perspectives and opposing viewpoints, which may be difficult to interpret, sometimes biased, and sometimes promotional.
To make policy and practice decisions based on the best-available information, instead of tuning out opposing dialogue or dismissing contradicting research findings as "differences of opinion," it's important to understand all viewpoints.
The work we do is targeted to help policymakers make evidence-informed policy decisions and to help professionals in the field apply research to best advantage their practice and the children and families they serve. The Center for Child Policy will address critical dilemma issues, identify the scope of both knowledge and ignorance in the field, and provide guidance for child welfare policy and practice. Some specific activities of the policy center include:
Founded in 1987, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a nonprofit, national organization that is focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. APSAC produces and disseminates state-of-the-art professional practice materials geared toward helping child maltreatment professionals provide the best possible services for the children and families that they serve.
APSAC is strongly committed to:
To improve society’s response to the abuse and neglect of its children by promoting effective interdisciplinary approaches to identification, intervention, treatment and prevention of child maltreatment.
As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.
About the NY Foundling
Founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1869 as a home for abandoned children, The Foundling today offers an expansive array of services for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities. Whether it’s an abused child in need of a foster home, a young mother who lacks the skills to care for her child, or a young person lost in the juvenile justice system, The Foundling provides the resources necessary to rebuild lives and rebuild families.
The New York Foundling, in the tradition of openness and compassion of its sponsors, The Sisters of Charity, helps children, youth and adults in need through efforts that strengthen families and communities and support each individual in reaching his or her potential.