40 Wondrous Years
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.
Kids and Teens in Court Program
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.