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Division 37 welcome

President's message

Greetings! Thank you for visiting the website of the APA’s Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37). Our APA Division combines the collective energies of psychologists and allied professionals who are dedicated to supporting children and families. Our members accomplish this vital work by serving children and families directly, by conducting cutting-edge research to inform best practices, and/or by advocating for policies that benefit children and families at the local, state, and federal level.




The Advocate

Stay up to date on Div. 37’s efforts to support advocacy, service delivery, and public policies affecting children, youth and families.


Section on Child Maltreatment Newsletter

Stay informed of the Section’s initiatives, public policy, research, practice and case law relating to child maltreatment.


Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice

Div. 37 members receive access to this SpringerBrief publication on issues related to social policy and services for children, youth and families.




Resources for Early Career Psychologists

Explore resources related to the job market, professional development, work-life balance, and award opportunities.


Child and Family/Advocacy Resources

Discover resources such as handouts with childrearing tips, curriculum guides on child maltreatment, and resources for evidence-based practice.

Section on Child Maltreatment


Section on Child Maltreatment

The Section on Child Maltreatment (Section I of Div. 37 of the APA) was established in 1994 to support and promote scientific inquiry, training, professional practice, and advocacy in the area of child maltreatment. 

DREAM Special Interest Group

Diverse Racial Ethnic and Multicultural SIG

Learn more and consider joining the DREAM SIG in its work to support children, youth, and families from historically underrepresented diverse populations and communities.


Div. 37 co-sponsors this website, which seeks to promote healthy child and family development by highlighting science-based information for those who care for, or work with, children. 



Learn more and apply or nominate someone you know for a Div. 37 award.

Email lists

Join our four email listservs to stay updated on information relating to children, youth and families.

Task forces

Learn more and consider joining one of the Div. 37-sponsored task forces.

Last updated: January 2022Date created: March 2013