It is widely believed that undergraduate and graduate programs today are unprepared to educate students on how to address child abuse. That fact translates to scores of students being properly prepped to work within their perspective fields, from criminal justice, to education, social work, nursing, psychology, law, medicine, seminary, sociology, human sciences and beyond.

That’s why Child Advocacy Studies, or CAST, was created. This nationally recognized curriculum works with the community as a whole to eradicate child maltreatment. Successful completion of these courses allows students to identify child abuse and neglect, report such treatment appropriately and become a viable community team member in the ongoing fight to prevent child abuse.


The CAST curriculum is focused on interdisciplinary, ethical, realistic and culturally sensitive content that provides professionals with a foundation for responding to child maltreatment. Students learn about various disciplinary responses to child maltreatment and develop a cohesive understanding of the most efficient responses. Students completing the courses in the program are better equipped to accomplish the work of related agencies (social work, criminal justice, nursing, etc.) as they advocate on behalf of child victims and survivors of abuse.

Cast Universities

Below are the colleges and universities that have successfully implemented a Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program as a certificate, major, minor, or graduate program.

Approved Universities

University of Illinois Springfield
Penn State University
University of South Carolina Upstate
Northwest Arkansas Community College


Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary
Biblical Theological Seminary
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Cast Implemented

Alvernia University
Arkansas State University
Athens State University
Auburn University at Montgomery
Belhaven University
Florida Institute of Technology
Houston Community College
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Judson University
Kennesaw State University
Liberty University
Missouri State University

Montclair State University
New Mexico State University
Northeastern Illinois University
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Oklahoma City University
Penn State University
Shoreline Community College
Southeast Missouri State
St. Bonaventure University
Tulane University
University of Illinois Springfield
University of Missouri–St. Louis

University of the District of Columbia
University of Houston-Downtown
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina Upstate
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Toledo
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Wilmington University
Winona State University


Mitchell Hamline School of Law Liberty University School of Law Marquette University Law School
University of Mississippi Law School University of St. Thomas


University of Toledo College of Medicine William Carey Medical School International CAST Programs
Academy of Postgraduate Studies Belarus State Medical University Institute of State Committee of Forensic Expertise
University of Mississippi Law School University of St. Thomas

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