Here in Frederick County, the number of abused children served at the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has continued to trend up. Last year, 77% of the children referred to CAC were victims of sexual abuse. Several of the children had experienced more than one type of abuse. Two-thirds of the children served were females. The majority of the children seen were between the ages of 7 and 12. Child abuse is a community problem and it will take a united community response to end it. Zero tolerance is our goal.
We raise funds and donate thousands of hours annually to:
- increase awareness of child abuse and neglect in Frederick County and help to prevent it;
- support the CAC programs and the children and families it serves;
- make sure these young survivors have the opportunities and resources to heal and rebuild their lives.
Our organization helps by meeting needs that continue beyond the scope of the local government-specialized and therapeutic classes and services for the physical and emotional long-term well-being of the children. We assist with gift cards for food, gas, and clothing, when needed. We also step up to help fill any immediate needs or provide funding to supplement CAC services.
Join us in giving a voice to child abuse awareness and prevention through your participation and sponsorship.
Thank you to the Common Market Co-Op for their donation from the Bring-a-Bag for change program. During the third quarter, they saved 48,887 bags from going into the waste stream . We are grateful for their generosity to the Friends of the CAC. Pictured below are Amanda Harmon from the Common Market and Janet Whitcomb, President of the Friends of the CAC.
THANK YOU TO THE IMPACT CLUB OF FREDERICK-THE GIVING GROUP!
The Friends of the CAC are honored to have been selected for the very generous donation that will support the needs of many children and families.
Please join us for an exclusive charity event at the elegant Thacher and Rye, 228 North Market Street, on Thursday, December 7th, from 5:30-9:30. By attending, you'll not only enjoy a memorable night out but also contribute directly to support the healing of more than 400 children and their families and join hands with the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center in supporting a vision of zero tolerance for child abuse.
Go to the link below
for more information and to get your tickets or donate for the Mistletoe & Martinis evening.
The 2023-24 Sailing Through the Winter Solstice display will take place from November 2023 to March 2024. Launch Day is scheduled for November 18, 2023.
VOTE FOR THE SS PINWHEEL TO DONATE TO THE FRIENDS OF THE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER.
You can view the boats anytime day or night. In fact, you may want to take a look while it's light out and again after it gets dark and the lights come on. Lights typically turn on at sunset, so this is a great time to see them both ways.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice is a fundraiser - visitors can vote on their favorite boat, with donations supporting local non-profit organizations. The 2022-23 season raised more than $130,000 for charities in Frederick County!
More Information - Go to Events
SPONSORS OF THE MONTH
APRIL - Prospect Point Brewery
MAY - Relish Decor
JUNE - JoJo's Restaurant & Tap House
JULY - The Trail House
JULY - SEPTEMBER - The Common Market Co-op
AUGUST - Maxwell's Burgers & Shakes
SEPTEMBER - Firestone's Market on Market
OCTOBER - Union Mills
More information - Go to Sponsors of the Month
National Night Out was fun, well attended and brought out a huge number of organizations that serve Frederick. We had lots of fun with the Child Advocacy Center of Frederick County, MD on August 1. There were lots of activities for the kids and adults, beautiful face paintings, a DJ with dancing, free hotdogs and snacks. This is such a fun way to meet the local police officers, EMS, and firemen! Special thanks to our Friends who volunteered and are pictured below--Janet, Judy, Dyann, Jody, Anne, Mary, Pat, Betsy, and Janis.
For an introduction to the CAC's assistance dog, Heiress, please visit the link below. County Spotlight: Heiress Kristen Dunn, Heiress' handler, provides information of her and Heiress' roles at the CAC. Heiress is a very important member of the CAC team in supporting the children and families who experience abuse. You can also visit Heiress' Corner for more information on their activities. County Spotlight: Heiress