San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center

Organization: San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
Project:  SF Children's Advocacy Center
Location: San Francisco, California
Target group: Child Victims of Abuse 

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families, and the mental health of children.  The goal is to ensure that all children grow up in a loving, nurturing, and caring family in which every child can thrive to meet his or her full potential. The SF Child Abuse Prevention Center believes that prevention and early intervention are keys to making this happen, by reducing the risk factors that are associated with abuse and neglect, and promoting the protective factors that are known to mitigate those risks. 

Nationally, and internationally, Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) provide services to children and adolescents who are victims of sexual abuse. For almost four decades, the SF Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC) has worked to prevent abuse and raise community awareness about child safety issues. Each year, SFCAPC is reaching thousands of children with services ranging from therapeutic childcare, early interventions, mental health, case management and emergency needs support. SFCAPC also provides community awareness and education, and trains over 5,000 mandated reporters to ensure correct reporting of suspected child abuse. 

The World Childhood Foundation’s support in 2012-13 helped to found the CAC, which changed the landscape of San Francisco’s response to child trauma with an innovative focus on child healing and mental health, in a modern, child-friendly facility devoted to a full spectrum of wellness services.

The aim of the project is to expand the CAC to allow for serving more children and ultimately create replicable tools and protocols (standards) that can be shared with CACs around the country, and to better integrate digital tools in the CACs.

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