Networking at ACLP

As members of a specialized field with a limited number of practitioners, it is important for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) to reach beyond the boundaries of individual programs, disciplines, and geographies to connect with the larger child life community. At the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP), promoting professional collaboration among child life professionals is one of our most important goals, and a key benefit for our members. We encourage you to reach out to a welcoming community of child life professionals, who are ready and eager to share information, ideas and resources.

Build lasting relationships that will enhance your personal and professional development, and make a real difference in your career!

Opportunities for Networking

ACLP Forums


Our automated e-mail discussion group offers is an easy way to communicate with more than 4,000 ACLP members. Benefit from the knowledge and experience of your peers by sharing thought-provoking questions, professional challenges, and success stories. By searching the ACLP Forum Archives, you will find a treasure trove of informative discussion threads on a wide variety of hot topics.

Annual Conference on Professional Issues


For the ultimate experience in face-to-face networking, you will not want to miss the ACLP Annual Conference on Professional Issues. Each year, more than 900 child life specialists from around the world gather for a diverse array of high-quality conference sessions tailored to all professional levels.

ACLP Member Directory


Have you lost contact with one of your former child life colleagues? Looking to connect with another child life specialist in your area? Our online Member Directory can help you to locate other members of the Association, using a name and/or location as search criteria.

Note: The member directory is only available to ACLP members.

Regional Groups


Regional groups offer the opportunity to connect with peers in designated geographic areas. Please note, each organization has its own mission, goals, and standards for participation, and does not have any direct affiliation with ACLP.

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International Groups


Child life specialists are currently practicing in locations around the globe. With members in more than 25 different countries, ACLP is enriched by the unique experiences and contributions of an increasingly diverse group of practitioners.

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