The Queen Anne's County
Child Abuse Response & Evaluation (CARE) Center
The CARE Center
a child advocacy center
The mission of the Queen Anne's County CARE Center
is to ease the emotional trauma to children by coordinating
a multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution and treatment
of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse and neglect.

A place of healing and hope...
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 The CARE Center is a child advocacy center, a nationally-endorsed model for investigating and treating child sexual abuse.
 Our primary goal is to coordinate a response that supports the child and family through the process of investigation and prosecution while ensuring that appropriate services are in place for the child to heal and move forward. 
Our multidisciplinary collaboration offers comprehensive, culturally-appropriate services for child victims and their non-offending family members in a child-friendly, trauma-sensitive environment. 
Combining the professional knowledge and experience of the multidisciplinary team helps ensure that Queen Anne’s County is using an evidence-supported, best practice approach to the investigative, medical, mental health, and judicial handling of child maltreatment.  The CARE Center’s values and principles:
* A warm, child-friendly environment;
*An engaged and healthy Multidisciplinary Team with a commitment to our mission and the ChildFirst approach;
*Culturally competent, trauma-sensitive services;
*Respect, communication, and follow-up for families;
*Proactive involvement in the community, initiating and supporting prevention efforts.


The Queen Anne's County CARE Center Supports Queen Anne's County Goes Purple

QAC Goes Purple
to fight opiate/heroin abuse

QAC Goes Purple is a substance abuse awareness program that will engage our community and youth to stand against substance abuse.

The project is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. 
QAC Goes Purple is an initiative from the Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff and Queen Anne's County Drug-Free Coalition, in partnership with the Opioid Intervention Team/Queen Anne's County Department of Health, Queen Anne's County Commissioners; and Queen Anne's County Public Schools.

More information on THP Project Purple is available at

CARE Center 

On Oct. 25, the Queen Anne’s County Child Abuse Response and EvaluationCenter was accepted as an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance.
The CARE Center coordinates the investigative, medical, mental health and legal response to allegations of child sexual abuse, and serious physical abuse and neglect. Located on Laywer’s Row in Centreville, it is a child-friendly environment intended to ease the trauma of victimization.
CARE Center staff ensure child abuse victims and their non-offending caregivers have access to supports and services in a safe, culturally respectful environment.
This is made possible through partnerships between the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services, Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, Office of the State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County, Maryland State Police, Centreville Police Department, For All Seasons and the Mid-Shore Medical Program.
The CARE Center was granted accreditation though extensive work to ensure compliance with the accreditation standards set forth by NCA, the national association and accrediting body for Child Advocacy Centers. These standards guide the services provided to children and families through the CARE Center and ensure that those services are effective, relevant and compassionate.
Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services’ Director Susan Coppage said, “Being recognized by a national organization validates the hard work of the CARE Center staff and their ongoing commitment to the county’s most vulnerable.”
  1. Strategic Planning Session
    We were very happy to welcome Melissa Dickey-Brunner, from the National Children's Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama to Queen Anne's County this past November. Melissa walked our team through the steps for a successful strategic planning session. The Queen Anne's County CARE Center will continue to work diligently to enhance our services while providing excellent services to our most vulnerable citizens of Queen Anne's County! Thank you Melissa!
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