In 1975, Dr. David Chadwick and a group of helping professionals around San Diego came together to create a better system for identifying and responding to child abuse and neglect.
The San Diego Child Protection Team (CPT) formed and began meeting weekly in 1976 to provide a centralized, coordinated and comprehensive multidisciplinary response to child abuse allegations and investigations. The Child Protection Program was established in 1976 at Their Children’s Hospital, eventually transitioning to the current Chadwick Center for Children & Families under Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. This early collaboration and case review model eventually helped to inspire the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) movement.
The Chadwick Center CAC has continued to expand and evolve over the years through local, national and international partnerships and funding. It’s mission has remained constant - to assess, evaluate, treat and prevent child abuse through Their specialized services and education.
They will promote the health and well-being of abused and traumatized children and their families. They will accomplish this through excellence and leadership in evaluation, treatment, prevention, education, advocacy, and research.
To create a world where children and families are healthy and free from abuse and neglect.