Center for Child and Family Health

Who We Are

The Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH) was founded in 1996 as a consortium of NCCU, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Durham community. Since that time, CCFH has become a national leader in research, training, and the treatment of childhood trauma.

The mission of CCFH is to care for children and families affected by abuse, neglect, and other forms of trauma. Its professionals utilize a multidisciplinary, measurable approach to provide prevention services, treatment for children and families, professional training, and research related to child traumatic stress by uniquely integrating community-based practice and academic excellence.

Its vision is that every child has the right to be loved, nurtured, and safe. As a center of excellence, CCFH strives to define the highest standards in the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma. In this way, stability and hope can be restored for children and their families.

  • Founding members from NCCU School of Law have included Professor Cheryl Amana and Professor Pamela Glean.
  • With his initial offer of funding in 1996, Chancellor Julius Chambers made NCCU the first university in the consortium to dedicate funding to the formation of CCFH.
  • Since then, CCFH has specialized in evidence-based treatment, prevention, and legal assistance to children and adolescents who have experienced maltreatment and other forms of adversity.
  • Staff members provide training on best practices developed at CCFH which have been presented statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Each year CCFH provides care to more than 2,000 children in Durham and surrounding communities. CCFH has also provided national assistance, including work with children traumatized during 9-11 in New York City and child evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. In 2001, the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime named CCFH one of the most effective child treatment centers in the country. In 2003, CCFH join the prestigious National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a national model in the mental health treatment of traumatized children.

Every year law student interns provide essential support to the CCFH Legal Program and its policy, research, writing, staff consultation, and training efforts.

“Working as a Legal Intern for the Center for Child and Family Health allowed me to not only expand my legal research and writing skills, but also, it gave me the opportunity to see how legal, psychological, and sociological issues meld together in the real world. To have the chance to see how multifaceted the legal system truly is was an eye opening experience. There is something that can be gained only by seeing the law in action; and, I feel like I was able to witness that in spades at the Center. It was truly a well rounded experience. – Carolyn Watts, M.S., Class of 2012

I really enjoyed my time at the Center. Getting a chance to advise medical personnel about legal issues–Credibility of Child Sexual Assault Victims–was probably the highlight for me. I really felt like my time at the Center was valued, and that I wasn’t just showing up to check off a box. I think my time there sparked my interest in working with children and going into family law.”
Jana Kelly, Esq., Class of 2008

Contact Information

Legal Director:  Dorothy Hairston Mitchell
Address: 1121 West Chapel Hill Street, Suite 100, Durham NC 27701
Telephone: 919-530-5484