Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP)

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Medicine
  • People with Disabilities


7600 Leesburg PikeSuite 200 WFalls Church, VA 22043 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

To foster excellence in child life professionals through engagement in education, scientific inquiry, and innovation.


Established as a nonprofit organization in 1982, the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) advances the field of child life by establishing and maintaining professional standards, enhancing the professional growth and development of members, and advancing the credibility of the child life profession by fostering research and promoting the standards of child life practice on a national and international level.

The Association represents trained professionals with expertise in helping infants, children, youth, and families cope with illness, injury, and treatment stress and uncertainty. ACLP comprises more than 5,000 individuals representing at least 600 organizations worldwide. Our members include Certified Child Life Specialists, child life assistants, university educators and students, hospital administrators and staff, school teachers, therapeutic recreation specialists, and professionals in related fields.


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