What We Do
At the Chadwick Center for Children & Families, we believe that every child and family has the right to be safe and supported after experiencing a scary or traumatic event in order to move towards healing.
The Chadwick Center is an accredited children’s advocacy center (CAC). It is one of the largest hospital-based CACs and trauma treatment centers in the nation. Our CAC provides family-focused and trauma-informed services to children and adolescents who may have experienced or witnessed maltreatment, abuse or violence.
Our multidisciplinary team (MDT), also known as the Child Protection Team (CPT), includes caring and trained professionals from law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical, family advocacy and other CAC staff and community partners. We provide specialized services to help children and families heal from abuse and trauma by providing a coordinated, compassionate MDT response. This ensures that children don’t have to share their stories multiple times.
Click on the Programs link above to get information about the services the Chadwick Center offers for children and their families in San Diego County who have experienced trauma or abuse.
Statement on Gender-Affirming Care
As an accredited children’s advocacy center (CAC) whose Mission is to promote the health and well-being of abused and traumatized children and their families while integrating use of the best evidence-based research available, we at the Chadwick Center are not aware of any scientific study suggesting that gender-affirming therapeutic treatments constitute child abuse. To the contrary, the available research overwhelmingly supports the provision of such care for transgender youth. Youth who do not receive such care may be at risk of increased depression, self-harm, and higher rates of suicidality.
Lisa Conradi, PsyD