About Maryland Children’s Alliance
A private nonprofit organization, Maryland Children’s Alliance is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance as a State Chapter to serve as a convener of child advocacy centers across Maryland. The Maryland Children’s Alliance plays a vital role providing accreditation support and professional development for local member centers.
The Maryland Children’s Alliance and our local child 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 local community centers from Alleghany to Worcester Counties to serve our most vulnerable citizens, our children.
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 multidisciplinary team makes decisions about how best to help the child survive and thrive.
In Maryland, 24 local child advocacy centers respond to over 5,000 children each year for allegations of sexual abuse, sexual assault and other maltreatment of children. The majority of the centers are accredited by the National Children’s Alliance (NCA), having met rigorous standards to ensure best practice care of child victims. Associate NCA members have completed substantial planning towards the establishment of a fully functioning center and are working toward full accreditation. To find out more about membership in the National Children’s Alliance, visit their website.
Download a presentation on the work of the Maryland Children’s Alliance.
Please see the MCA Brochure for additional information.
Susan B. Hansell
Maryland Children’s Alliance
2300 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-5137
Board of Directors
Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Baltimore, MD 21218
Lieutenant Michele Denton
The Listening Place, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Member at Large
Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center, Baltimore, MD 21212
The Tree House Child Assessment Center of Montgomery County, Rockville, MD 20855
Member at Large
Cecil County Child Advocacy Center, Elkton, MD 21921
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