Of the 1,500 to 2,000 children killed each year by their caretakers, more than half die after they have come to the attention of child welfare agencies.

The Field Center brings together multiple disciplines and the nation’s foremost experts in child welfare to collaborate on reforming the systems that are responsible for protecting children.

Watch our video to see why the Field Center began its work on behalf of victims of child abuse and neglect.


The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research utilizes an interdisciplinary model to:

Oneintegrate clinical care, research and education

Twoinform local and national policy

Threeprepare the nation’s future leaders

In short, we impact one child at a time by advocating for all.


Remembering Dr. Richard Gelles

It is with profound sadness that SP2 shares news of the passing of Dr. Richard Gelles.

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New Podcast Alert

Listen to Managing Faculty Director Dr. Johanna Greeson’s impact conversation with Dawn Manske from Made for Freedom about investing in older youth in foster care

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Field Center adds new Faculty Affiliate

The Field Center welcomes Dr. Meredith Matone, Scientific Director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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