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.
In 2004, a group of women active in the Frederick Women’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 that is still thriving today. Current projects include the development of a Healing Garden to remember those children who have lost their lives to abuse, new furniture, toys and paint for the Center, and ongoing financial support to help meet the material and therapeutic needs of the children and families who come here.
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 now part of a statewide network of child advocacy centers, the Maryland Children’s Alliance, and is actively pursuing national accreditation with the National Children’s Alliance. The Friends of the CAC continue to provide active support, and were honored at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, receiving the 2014 Team Excellence Award for community service.