About MCA


Maryland Children’s Alliance

The Maryland Children’s Alliance and our local children’s advocacy centers believe that every child victim of sexual violence or trauma needs a safe, supportive environment to share their experiences and begin their healing process.  Maryland Children’s Alliance works with our local community centers from Alleghany to Worcester Counties to serve our most vulnerable citizens, our children.

In Maryland 21 local children’s advocacy centers respond to over 5,000 children each year for allegations of sexual abuse, sexual assault and other maltreatment of children.  13 of those centers are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) having met rigorous standards at their centers ensuring the best care of child victims.  In 2010, a bill was signed into Maryland law supporting the work of children’s advocacy centers.

 A child comes to a local children’s advocacy center and tells his or her story once to a trained professional. A circle of care surrounds the child and family including victim and family advocates, law enforcement, child protective services, social workers, forensic interviewers, medical personnel and other professionals.  Together, this multi-disciplinary team makes decisions about how best to help this child survive and thrive.

Maryland Children’s Alliance plays a vital role providing accreditation support and professional development for local member center staffs. A private non-profit organization, Maryland Children’s Alliance is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance to serve as a convener across Maryland for continuous teaching, coaching, facilitating and education.

NCA accredited members meet rigorous standards at their centers ensuring the best care of for child victims.  Associate members have completed substantial planning towards the establishment of a fully functioning center. To find out more about the National Children’s Alliance and the levels of membership please visit their website at www.nca-online.org.

Click HERE for a presentation on the work of the Maryland Children’s Alliance.

Chapter Staff

Chapter Coordinator

Susan B. Hansell
Maryland Children’s Alliance
2300 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-5137

Board of Directors


Lynn Davis
Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County, Frederick, MD 21701

Vice President

Adam Rosenberg
Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Baltimore, MD 21218


Lieutenant Michele Denton
The Listening Place, Ellicott City, MD 21043


Tom Grazio
The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County, Rockville,  MD 20855

Member at Large

Krista Trahan
Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center, Baltimore, MD 21212

Member at Large

Anne Bean
Cecil County Child Advocacy Center, Elkton, MD 21921

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