Maryland Children’s Alliance

Dear MCA Members,Don’t forget that MCA’s website contains not only updates and postings from your colleagues from throughout the state, we also have a variety of resources for CACs.

Check out our newest page for Members – here you’ll find links to the policies that are being discussed at MCA’s membership meetings.

If you do not have a login for our Members pages, please email me and we’ll get you logged in. 

Also, scroll down to check out the latest news!

Susan Hansell,
Director, Maryland Children’s Alliance


MCA Membership Meetings

November 16th
Topic: Advocacy & Lobbying
10 AM – 12 PM

December 13th
Annual Meeting/Election of Officers
10 AM – 12 PM

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the Howard County CAC:
The Listening Place
2850 N. Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD  21043

Advanced Forensic Interviewing

October 23-24, 2018
Marriottsville, MD

The training is FULL but let us know if you’d like to be put on the wait list. Contact Susan Hansell at or at 443-872-2116.

The Center for Children presents

Child Sexual Abuse in SchoolsThursday and Friday, October 11-12, 2018 ~  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Annapolis 173 Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401

This presentation will explore the types of people who represent a risk of sexual harm to children in schools and institutions. This training is open to school personnel, school resource officers, law enforcement, child protective services, and prosecuting attorneys. Presenter: Joe Sullivan, PhD of Mentor Forensic Services, Inc.

Tuition: $450 Registration by credit card, please do so online.   For payment by Check or PO, please mail to: Center for Children, Inc. ATTN: Vickie Grow PO Box 2924 La Plata, MD 20646.

The recommended hotel is Crowne Plaza Annapolis at 173 Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please book online or call 410-266-3131 and mention code ETR for the GSA rate of $130.

Contact for questions: Vickie Grow at or 301-609-9887 ext. 158

The Center for Children presents
Sex Offender Specialist Interview Course
October 22—26, 2018
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to -12:30 p.m.
Maryland Judicial College and Education Center, 2011D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401

This comprehensive specialist interviewing course has been specifically designed using videos and in depth case studies to enhance the skills and knowledge of professionals who interview sex offenders of children in the course of law enforcement investigations, child protection evaluations and risk assessment and/or management of sexual offenders.

Tuition: $915 For payment by credit card, please do so online.  For payment by Check or PO, please mail to: Center for Children, Inc. ATTN: Vickie Grow PO Box 2924 La Plata, MD 20646

The recommended hotel is Westin Annapolis at 100 Westgate Circle Annapolis, MD 21401. Please book online  or call 1-888-627-8994 and mentioning Interviewing Specialist Training group for a room rate of $130 plus taxes (gsa rate).

Contact for questions: Vickie Grow at or 301-609-9887 ext. 158

Advocating for the Victim of
Child Sexual Abuse Images

Hosted by Baltimore Child Abuse Center & Maryland Children’s Alliance

November 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This training is full, but let us know if you’d like to be put on a wait list.  Contact or 410-396-6147.

Calling All Advocates!

Denielle Randall, from the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, is looking for Victim Advocates who would like to participate in an Advocate Network!  The purpose of the network is to:

  • Support other Advocates
  • Debrief challenging cases
  • Understand the process and the role of an Advocate
  • Learn more about how to advocate for your clients and program
  • And much more…….

If anyone is interested, please email Denielle at at or call her at 443-923-7014(direct line) or 410-396-6147×1015.

As you have heard, MCA President, Lynn Davis, from the Frederick County CAC is moving on.  She has accepted a position with the Frederick County Public Schools as the Mental Health Coordinator.  Lynn has been a wonderful asset not only to her own CAC but also to MCA.  Please join us in wishing Lynn all the best. Please stay in touch! 
Medical and Legal Training Academy
November 13-15, 2018
Huntsville, Alabama
$49/person | Deadline to register is October 30th
Register hereMedical and Legal Training Academy is a two-track concurrent training designed for medical providers (physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses and RN-SANEs) who evaluate and treat child abuse victims and for legal professionals (prosecuting or child welfare attorneys) who prosecute child abuse cases.

Call for Abstracts:  Build a Universe of Support

The National Children’s Alliance will be hosting its annual Leadership Conference on June 2-5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. and we are considering abstracts for presentations, if received by October 30, 2018.

We always have great tracks on topics like public policy, communications, fundraising, research, and the latest evidence-based practices.  But next year, you’ll join us as we weave together the powerful constellation of services CACs offer, the stars who shine in communities every day, and a galaxy of survivors waiting to be activated, to transform us from a movement into A Universe of Support.

And, as ever, it starts with you. Share how you’ll help fill the cosmos with the ideas that will help victims and survivors reach the next frontier. Submit your Session Abstract today.

The National Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce the new position of Training Coordinator.  This new role will streamline all of our current training activities nationwide.  These include, but are not limited to, the video training series on CSEC, Tribal CACs and Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors, on-going webinar series related to leadership and outcome measures, as well as our in-person Leadership Conference, Urban Forum and Chapter Summit.

If you are interested in joining our team, email your resume, cover letter, salary expectations, and your experience related to the responsibilities detailed in the JOB DESCRIPTION, to with the subject line: “Training Coordinator”, no later than October 15, 2018.

Kristie McKenney, Director of Member Services and Chapter Development
National Children’s Alliance, 516 C Street NE, Washington, DC 20002