Every child has the right to be loved, nurtured, and safe.


We strive to define, practice, and teach the highest standards of care in treating and preventing childhood trauma. The Center for Child & Family Health uniquely integrates community-based practice and academic excellence, and our professionals utilize multidisciplinary measurable approaches for professional training and research related to child traumatic stress. CCFH is also committed to being an inclusive, equitable, and transformative place for employees and the communities we serve.


Since 1996, CCFH has responded to the terrible reality of child abuse, neglect, and other traumas with compassion and evidence-based interventions grounded in rigorous research.

The heart of our work is the compassionate care we provide to traumatized children in the Martha S. Urbaniak Clinic, restoring children to hope and stability with outpatient therapies grounded in rigorous research. Through our prevention efforts, we equip families of all kinds to create safe, nurturing environments for their children through home visits and other intensive supports. Each year, these direct services reach more than 2,000 children and their families in Durham and surrounding communities.

What makes CCFH truly unique, though, is our wide-ranging work to train others in the evidence-based practices we use. From topical workshops to long-term learning collaboratives, our practitioner-trainers teach hundreds of child-serving professionals each year, steadily improving the trauma-informed care available to thousands of children in North Carolina and beyond.

Founded in collaboration with Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CCFH works at the intersection of academic research, evidence-based practice, and community impact.

No person on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, indigenous heritage, sex, gender, or sexual orientation shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any services or activities of the Center for Child & Family Health.

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