CAC History

The Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County (CAC) was established on November 30, 1999 with the approval of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners.  It was initially housed in a small office within the Health Department.

The Center has grown into a suite of offices, including two play areas, a medical suite, an interview room, an interview observation room, a counseling office, and administrative offices. Located in a county building convenient to bus lines, the CAC’s address is published only to those with appointments there to increase privacy and safety for the children coming to the Center. The CAC is part of a statewide network of child advocacy centers, the Maryland Children’s Alliance, and is nationally accredited through the National Children’s Alliance.

In 2004, a group of women active in the Frederick Woman’s Civic Club formed to support the work of the CAC through contributions of volunteer labor and fundraising.  By 2006, they had formalized their group into a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Friends of the CAC.

The Friends of the CAC continues to provide active support, and was honored at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, receiving the 2014 Team Excellence Award for community service. Current projects include awareness and outreach activities, maintenance of a Healing Garden to remember those children who have lost their lives to abuse, food and care for Hodge-our therapy dog, new furniture, toys and paint for the CAC, and ongoing financial support to help meet the material and therapeutic needs of the children and families who come here.