Center for Child Protection

UCSF's Center for Child Protection located in Oakland offers complete medical and mental health services for children affected by abuse and exposure to violence. Research shows that when health care providers ask about domestic violence, more victims disclose abuse and seek help, and also that a specially trained health care provider – who knows how best to offer encouragement and support – can ease the way for someone to become open to receiving needed services. We are always aware of these considerations when providing routine as well as urgent care, and we have become one of Northern California's leading resources for child protective services (CPS) in a medical setting.

Why families choose us

Child abuse services in Alameda County

  • There are nearly 20,000 cases of child abuse reported every year in Alameda County. Our staff is responsible for ensuring that these cases are evaluated and that children receive the physical and emotional care they need.
  • Our services include crisis intervention, case management and service coordination for follow-up medical care, reporting to CPS and law enforcement, victim and witness assistance programs, and case consultations with outside agencies.

Leading professionals

Our center is led by one of the only doctors in California who has fellowship training in child abuse and neglect. He is also one of only two forensic pediatricians in the Bay Area, meaning he can perform exams to collect and preserve evidence of abuse.

Specialty programs for ongoing support

  • We offer education, screening, counseling and advocacy services for battered caregivers and children who have witnessed or been exposed to domestic violence.
  • For continuing care, we provide educational programs for parents and professionals; prevention services in schools and community centers throughout Alameda County; psychosocial assessments of children and families; and individual, family and group psychotherapy.

A special program for early abuse prevention

  • As a strategy in the early prevention of child abuse, the center's pioneering DOVES (Domestic Violence Education and Screening) Project provides individual and group talk therapy for children and their battered caregivers.
  • The project's mission is to create a culturally sensitive environment in the setting of pediatric care that enables caregivers to disclose domestic violence, mobilize for safety, and heal from trauma in both their children's lives and their own.
  • Educational services include:
  • Camp Creating Confident People – This children's camp combines the typical summer camp experience with group talk therapy for kids with trauma related to abuse or other violence.
  • Kidpower workshops – These workshops teach children and adolescents skills for keeping themselves physically and emotionally safe; they also teach caregiving skills to parents and professionals who work with kids.
  • Parenting After Domestic Violence – These group workshops teach healthy parenting and effective communication skills for people with a history of domestic violence.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


    School Re-Entry Program

    After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

    Feeling at home

    From bedside bingo to therapy dogs, we're here to help kids smile and feel more like themselves.

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