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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.  We do this in a safe, child-centered environment using evidence-based practices (EBPs) to support the family to begin the healing process.

Specialized programs and services include:

  • Forensic and Medical Services (FMS) – Provides forensic interviews, medical exams, advocacy services and short-term therapy for children.  There is also a fellowship program for child abuse pediatrics.
  • KidSTART Clinic – Provides comprehensive services to children ages 0-6 with complex socio-emotional, behavioral health, developmental, medical and/or family needs. Services include individual, dyadic and group therapy, case management, rehabilitation services, psychiatric evaluations and medication management.
  • Trauma Counseling Program (TCP) – Provides longer-term individual, group and family therapy for children their non-offending caregivers who have experienced a trauma.
  • Kids and Teens in Court (KTIC) – A 3 week psychoeducational program that empowers child victims and witnesses (and their non-offending caregivers) by increasing their understanding of the court process and  teaching coping skills.
  • Professional Education Services (PES) The Chadwick Center offers accredited Professional Education to those involved in the child abuse and trauma field.  Since beginning in 1976, the Chadwick Center has trained more than 150,000 professionals from all fifty states and over forty countries.
  • Training and Technical Assistance Initiatives – The Chadwick Center leads and participates in several initiatives funded by state and federal grants to assist professionals of various disciplines by providing tools that inform about evidence-based practices, trauma treatment in children, etc.