CCFH was launched in 1996 as a collaborative endeavor of three universities: Duke University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Central University.  In 1998 CCFH merged with Child and Parent Support Services, Inc. (CAPSS), a United Way-funded agency whose programs focus on preventing child abuse by educating parents about child development and behavior management techniques. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) designated CCFH as a Community Treatment and Services Center in 2003. As a community practice site within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, CCFH provides cutting-edge mental health treatment services and conducts training throughout North Carolina and the Southern United States in innovative treatment strategies like Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. In accordance with its mission, CCFH continues to engage in multidisciplinary efforts to improve the wellbeing of children and families through integration of mental health, medical, and legal expertise.