About Us

The Friends of the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization officially established in 2006.

The organization grew out a realization more needed to be done to prevent child abuse right here in our community. So a group of concerned women banded together to take action. Read more about our history and our mission.

Building on this mission, Friends has worked to promote zero tolerance for child abuse and neglect and to support the work of the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County (CAC).

CAC serves over 400 children a year who have experienced child abuse, sexual assault, or child neglect.  Often the children and their non-offending family members need services and support beyond the scope the CAC can provide as a government agency.

Friends of the CAC works hard to:

Provide abused and neglected children with comfort

  • Hodge, a trained therapy dog
  • Therapeutic horseback riding lessons and dance classes
  • Art camps
  • Trauma-informed yoga
  • Karate and self-defense classes
  • Holiday gifts and gift cards for emergency needs

Promote awareness and prevention

  • Child Abuse Prevention Month every April
    • Wear Blue Friday
    • Blue Worship Weekend
    • Children’s Day in the Park
  • Web site and Facebook presence
  • Community outreach activities
  • Activities in the Healing Garden, created by the Friends

Remember the children in the Healing Garden

  • A place of peace and reflection in Downtown Frederick
  • Bricks bear the names of the precious children who have died
  • Whispering Bench allows children to play and be heard
  • Peaceful oasis of comfort for those who work to protect Frederick’s children

Lend a personal touch

  • Painting and decorating the CAC offices, therapy rooms, and play areas
  • Making comfort blankets
  • Providing meals and snacks

Join our efforts:  We welcome you to join and help out in the way that best meets your time and skills. Check out our list of volunteer opportunities and see where you can make a difference.  Click here for an application and for more information.

A hardworking group of officers guides the work of the organization. Our meetings take place on the first Monday of every month.