Welcome to the Ray E. Helfer Society

The Ray E. Helfer Society, founded in 1999 and named in honor of Dr. Ray E. Helfer, was originally established as an honorary society of physicians seeking to provide medical leadership regarding the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research concerning child abuse and neglect. It has grown to be the primary sub-specialty society for physicians devoted to the problem of maltreated children. Members are encouraged to login and visit the Member Center to take advantage the Society's benefits. Non-members are encouraged to browse through this site and, if applicable, consider membership in our organization.

Our Vision

Children will thrive in a society that values them.

Our Mission

To help prevent and reduce the harm resulting from child maltreatment, by advancing the work of physicians in the areas of education, clinical care, research and advocacy.

Announcements and Updates

Helfer to Host Three Pre-Conference Institutes in January

The Ray E. Helfer Society will host three pre-conference institute programs in conjunction with the 2022 San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment. Select this link for details and registration.

2022 Annual Meeting Scholarships Available

The Ray E. Helfer Society Annual Meeting Scholarship was established by the Friends of The Helfer Society Foundation to encourage trainees to consider a career dedicated to the care of maltreated children. This scholarship is intended to support travel costs and meeting fees for a trainee to attend the annual meeting with the goal of increasing the pipeline of talented physicians into the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics. Scholarships are available to medical students and pediatric residents. Select this link for the application form and instructions. The deadline for applications is January 14.

Employment Opportunities

Members of the Ray E. Helfer Society may submit employment opportunities to be posted on this website. Please select this link for details and to review all current available positions.

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Membership in The Ray Helfer Society puts you in touch with a community of physicians seeking to provide leadership to enhance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The Society is named after Ray E. Helfer, a pioneer in the prevention of child abuse. Dr. Helfer, a pediatrician and educator, helped research the origins of abuse and neglect and also developed methods of detection, treatment and prevention. You can learn more about the Society by visiting the About the Society section of this web site. A brief biography of Ray E. Helfer and his efforts in the prevention of child abuse is available by selecting this link.

The organization offers several types of membership: Scholar, Regular and Resident. A membership application is available in the Scholar, Regular and Resident sections of this web site under the Membership tab.

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