Mission and History

Recognizing families need a place to turn, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) opened its doors in Frederick County in April 2001. The mission: to establish a child-friendly facility for the children and the families of abuse. A number of organizations and agencies from our community came together and agreed to  design, staff and equip a central place to provide comprehensive and coordinated services for those children and families. Today, the CAC provides a secure, physically and emotionally safe location where children and their families can come to access service when maltreatment is suspected.

As a government agency, the CAC could only do so much with its budgeted funds. So, in 2004, a group of women  active in the Frederick Woman’s Civic Club formed a new group to support the vital work through contributions of their volunteer time and fundraising.

By 2006, the new group was officially the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since then, we have successfully worked to enhance support of families and to meet special needs beyond the scope of the CAC.

Then and today, the Friends of the CAC works to:

  1. Promote community awareness and education about the needs of children who become victims of abuse.
  2. Focus on legislative issues relative to domestic violence against children.
  3. Provide support for CAC staff, child victims of maltreatment and their non-offending family members.
  4. Seek funding to support the recovery of victims of child abuse.
  5. Coordinate a mentor program for clients of the CAC when needed.