CAPSAC annually awards a grant of $750 for outstanding research by a graduate student (or early career professional up to one-year post MA/PhD) in the field of child maltreatment, child welfare, foster care, child abuse prevention, or a related topic. The recipient will also receive a one-year membership to the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and CAPSAC.
1. Be a graduate student within one year of completion (before or after) of a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited California educational program.
2. Submit a one thousand word summary of the research in progress or completed study in the field of child maltreatment. The study title should be on the first page of the summary. Identifying information (name, address, telephone number, title of study, and academic institution) should be sent in a separate document that will not be sent to the reviewers.
3. Submit one or two letters of recommendation from faculty members or academic readers who are familiar with your research.
4. The recipient shall make themselves available to receive the award and present an overview of the study at a virtual/online CAPSAC meeting or other CAPSAC educational event in 2021.
5. Agree to the publication of the submitted summary in the CAPSAC newsletter The Consultant. The award will also be announced on the CAPSAC website capsac.org and Facebook page.
Materials should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters of recommendation should also be submitted directly by letter writers to email@example.com and should have the applicant’s name in the subject line.
Application Deadline: Deadline extended! All materials must be received by December 1, 2020.
CAPSAC established the Neal Snyder Outstanding Service Award in 2019 to recognize professionals who demonstrate extraordinary dedication and efforts on behalf of children.
Neal Snyder graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a BA and MA in sociology, and obtained his JD from Hastings College. As an attorney, he specialized in protecting children from abuse - an area he helped make a legal specialty - and became a role model for many others in the field. Neal worked for the California State Department of Social Services in day care licensing litigation. He was a co-founder of CAPSAC, drafted its initial bylaws and assisted with its incorporation. He continued to serve as a board member, supporter, and consultant to CAPSAC for the rest of his life. Neal was an intelligent, even- tempered, positive, athletic, and kind man who loved jazz, his wife, Yvonne Garcia, their annual visits to Thailand, his children and grandchildren.
Any professional in California may submit nominations. Nominees cannot be CAPSAC Board Members or CAPSAC Executive Committee Members.
Nominees should demonstrate the mission and goals of CAPSAC:
The mission of CAPSAC is to improve the effort and response of professionals working with children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Nominees should exhibit outstanding service in the area of child maltreatment. Nominees should model outstanding professionalism and have made contributions in the area of child maltreatment.
The Neal Snyder Outstanding Service Award recipient will be selected from among the nominees by the CAPSAC Board of Directors and presented with the Neal Snyder Outstanding Service Award certificate as well as a one-year membership to APSAC/CAPSAC. Also, an article about the recipient will be published in the CAPSAC newsletter the Consultant and announced on the CAPSAC website capsac.org and Facebook page. The person who nominated the award recipient will receive a 10% discount on their APSAC/CAPSAC membership fee.
Nomination Deadline: December 1, 2020
For a nomination form, please contact Toni Cavanagh Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
1998 Kaplan, Debra Young
Maltreated Children’s Perception of Their Placement Experience. UCLA.
2000 Quas, Jodi
Children’s Memories of Experienced and Non-Experienced Events Across Repeated Interviews. UC Davis, Developmental Psychology.
2003 Bryson, Polina
The Relationship Among Intimate Partner Satisfaction, Quality of Parent-Child Interactions, and Child Physical Abuse Potential. Alliant International University, San Diego, Psychology.
2005 Ellens, Jeffrey K.
The Effects of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Parenting Stress on Psychological Distress in Children. UC Santa Barbara, Clinical Psychology.
2009 Salazar, Maria.
Defining Verbal Aggression in Child Abuse Cases by Professional Social Workers. CSULA Social Work.
LaLande, Denise Maria. Half Measures Availed Us Nothing: Policy and Practice Analysis of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Substance- Abusing Parents. CSULA Social Work.
2015 Hobbs, Sue D. & Larson, Rakel P.
Systematic Review of Interviewer Support and Rapport Effects on Children’s Reports. UC Davis & UCLA, Psychology.
2016 Wray, Wendella
A Wellness Tele-Coaching Intervention to Support Low SES Families in the “Nurturing Parenting Program”: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Loma Linda University.
2017 Knell, Catalaine
Munchausen By Proxy. CSULA.
2018 Hernandez, Julia
A Family Approach to Child Maltreatment: Engaging Fathers in the Child Welfare System.
UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
2019 Chambers, Jaclyn
RED Teams: Evaluating an innovative team approach to child maltreatment decision-making. UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare.
2020 Cazares, Mayra
Why Self-Love & Connectedness Matters: Enhancing Positive Outcomes among Transition-Age Youth. UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare.
Patty Shimek and Kathy Baxter, Partners in Prevention
Partners in Prevention is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2010 they have worked to increase awareness of the effects of child abuse and neglect and to promote solutions by supporting prevention services within a wide range of communities.