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.
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
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
School has started and September is right around the corner! Time to head to Firestone's Market on Market for a delicious turkey apple cheddar panini. They are generously donating 20% of their profits of this yummy sandwich in September. Thank you so much to Market on Market for supporting those children and their families in Frederick County who have been impacted by abuse.
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.
The 22nd Annual FOP Fall Charity Golf Classic will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 at Musket Ridge Golf Club. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Friends of the Child Advocacy Center.
Boscov's Friends Helping Friends - October 18, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. 25% discount shopping passes with 100% of your donation to support the Friends of the Child Advocacy Center.
Thank you to The Common Market Co-op for selecting the Friends of the CAC to be one of their charitable recipients this quarter during July, August, and September. This program encourages shoppers to reuse bags and reduce waste by offering a $.05 charitable donation for each reusable bag used at checkout. This program is a win-win and it keeps single-use bags out of the waste stream and gives back to organizations in our community. So go to the Common Market and don't forget your bag!