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Who We Are

The Maryland Children’s Alliance is a nonprofit organization created to better serve children who have experienced abuse by encouraging best practice services among the professionals designated to investigate allegations, prosecute offenders, and provide support and treatment to children and families.

Our Mission

The mission of the MCA is to promote the well-being of children by supporting the development, growth, and continuation of children's advocacy centers throughout the state of Maryland through advocacy, training, and technical assistance.

Our Impact

MCA and Maryland’s Child Advocacy Centers are determined to lessen the devastating impact of child abuse and neglect by ensuring that trauma-informed services are available to those who need them.


Children were served by Child Advocacy Centers in 2022.


CACs in Maryland have achieved accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance. 7 CACs are actively working toward accreditation.


Hours of training were provided by MCA in 2021. MCA provided training to 624 attendees with all 24 Maryland CACs represented.

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Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are community-based, child-friendly, and trauma-informed organizations that facilitate a multidisciplinary response to child abuse allegations. CACs deliver a best practice model to support children and families throughout the process of investigation, prosecution, and healing. Child Advocacy Centers provide a safe, child-focused environment where the child’s well-being is a priority. Maryland Children’s Alliance represents and supports 24 Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state to ensure all Maryland’s children have access to this best practice model.

How CACs help kids

Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are child-friendly facilities where children who have experienced maltreatment may be interviewed, receive medical examinations, and participate in therapy.

Latest MCA news

2023 CAC Statistics

This infographic represents data submitted by 24 CACs between January through December 2023. Maryland CACs served 5,138 children in 2023. View the infographic for a breakdown of the data.

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MCA's Investment in Our Members

MCA takes pride in being able to provide essential training and equipment to CACs. This infographic shares some statistics around MCA's training and spending in 2023.

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2023 Annual Report

Take a look at what we have accomplished in 2023! Many thanks to all those who have supported MCA, whether it be with your voice, time, attention, or expertise. You have helped us make a difference for children in Maryland.

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Our Strategic Plan

By analyzing the outcomes of our previous strategic plan, surveying our membership, and formulating a sub-committee of the Board of Directors, we decided on three key areas to focus on over the next three years: Governance, Standards, and Public Awareness.

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Make a difference

An important way you can help the Maryland Children’s Alliance is through a financial donation. All contributions advance MCA’s mission to provide training, resources, and support for Maryland’s child advocacy centers, helping provide services to children and prevent further abuse.