A Child Advocacy Center is a child friendly, neutral location for children and families to be forensically interviewed, receive medical exams as necessary, and receive crisis intervention services. The foundation of a Child Advocacy Center is a multidisciplinary team approach (MDT). The MDT is a group of professionals, from specific disciplines, who provide a coordinated response in an effort to reduce potential trauma to children and families while respecting the mandates and obligations of each agency. When all treatment providers and investigative personnel come together in one location, abused children do not have to endure the repeat trauma caused by retelling their story multiple times and in multiple locations.
A Child Advocacy Center is a long-awaited resource for child victims in Calvert County; currently the only county in Maryland without such a center. Calvert County Child Protective Services handles about 40 cases of reported abuse or neglect every month. It is expected that 250 children will be served at the Center annually. The Center will serve children expeditiously and in a child-friendly environment, allowing them to receive treatment and be interviewed in a way that will assist Child Protective Services, law enforcement, and the State’s Attorney’s Office in protecting children and preventing repeat victimization.
Calvert County’s State’s Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, and the Department of Social Services have joined together to develop a plan that will leverage both government and community resources to launch the Center by spring 2018. Calvert Family Advocates has been identified as the organization to fundraise for the Center.
Please help us make a Child Advocacy Center a reality in Calvert County!
Donate on-line via PayPal, or by check payable to “MASSB Foundation – Calvert Family Advocates”.
Please indicate that the donation is for the “Child Advocacy Center”.
Mail your check to:
Calvert Family Advocates
P.O. BOX 2016
Lusby, MD 20657
All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax deductible.