About MCA


Maryland Children’s Alliance

The Maryland Children’s Alliance is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.  We work with and represent the 20 member-child advocacy centers.  We do not provide direct services to children and families.

The Maryland Children’s Alliance is a non-profit organization created to better serve children by assisting the multidisciplinary teams who work on investigations in the state of Maryland. Our goal is to support jurisdictions that are seeking to develop interdisciplinary teams and establish new Child Advocacy Centers while also enhancing the services experience available at existing Centers. We do this by providing training, resources, and networking opportunities for child abuse professionals in Maryland. Maryland Children’s Alliance also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of child abuse and what they can do to keep children safe.

The Maryland Children’s Alliance consists of Child Advocacy Centers throughout the state of Maryland. There are currently 20 member centers. Ten of these centers are accredited members of the National Children’s Alliance and six are associate members. All NCA accredited members have met the following program standards at their centers: Child-Appropriate/Child-Friendly Facility, Multidisciplinary Team (MDT), Organizational Capacity, Cultural Competency and Diversity, Forensic Interviews, Medical Evaluation, Therapeutic Intervention, Victim Support/Advocacy, Case Review, Case Tracking. Associate members have completed substantial planning towards the establishment of a fully functioning CAC and have established a multidisciplinary team for investigations, have begun conducting joint forensic interviews, and have based their CAC program in a facility. To find out more about the National Children’s Alliance and the levels of membership please visit their website at www.nca-online.org.



State Coordinator/Executive Director
Pam Smith, psmith@marylandchildrensalliance.org or 443-949-9953

Board of Directors Jan. 2012 – Jan. 2014

Catherine Meyers
Center for Children, Inc.
PO BOX 2924, La Plata, MD 20646

Vice President
Adam Rosenberg, JD
Baltimore Child Abuse Center
2300 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218

Pat Melcer, Interim
Queen Anne’s, The CARE Center
204 North Commerce Street, Centreville, MD   21617

Alicia Streets
Garrett County Child Advocacy Center
12578 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550

Member at Large
Christine Koch
Anne Arundel Child Advocacy Center
41 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032

Member at Large
James Mutchler
Safe Place Child Advocacy Center
24 N. Walnut St. Suite 206, Hagerstown, MD 21740