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Maryland Children’s Alliance

The Maryland Children’s Alliance is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.  We work with and represent the 20 member-child advocacy centers.  We do not provide direct services to children and families.

The Maryland Children’s Alliance is a non-profit organization created to better serve children by assisting the multidisciplinary teams who work on investigations in the state of Maryland. Our goal is to support jurisdictions that are seeking to develop interdisciplinary teams and establish new Child Advocacy Centers while also enhancing the services experience available at existing Centers. We do this by providing training, resources, and networking opportunities for child abuse professionals in Maryland. Maryland Children’s Alliance also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of child abuse and what they can do to keep children safe.

The Maryland Children’s Alliance consists of Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state of Maryland. There are currently 20 member centers. Ten of these centers are accredited members of the National Children’s Alliance and six are associate members. All NCA accredited members have met the following program standards at their centers: Child-Appropriate/Child-Friendly Facility, Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), Organizational Capacity, Cultural Competency and Diversity, Forensic Interviews, Medical Evaluation, Therapeutic Intervention, Victim Support/Advocacy, Case Review, Case Tracking. Associate members have completed substantial planning towards the establishment of a fully functioning CAC and have established a multidisciplinary team for investigations, have begun conducting joint forensic interviews, and have based their CAC program in a facility. To find out more about the National Children’s Alliance and the levels of membership please visit their website at www.nca-online.org.

Chapter Staff

Chapter Director
Johanna Keefer
Maryland Children’s Alliance
940 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403

Board of Directors

J. Mooch Mutchler
Safe Place Child Advocacy Center
24 N. Walnut St. Suite 206, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Anne Bean
Cecil County Child Advocacy Center
214 1/2 North Street, Elkton, MD 21921

Lieutenant Michele Denton
The Listening Place
2850 North Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Member at Large
Dora Best
Kent County Child Advocacy Center
PO Box 670, 350 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

Member at Large
Lynn Davis
Child Advocacy Center
12 East Church Street, Fredrick, MD 21701

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Job Opportunities

MCA is looking for a dynamic state Chapter Director to manage the association of children’s advocacy centers. Office is in Annapolis, Maryland. Learn more about the position here.