Every child is healthy, happy and safe.
- Crisis intervention
- Individual, group, play, & family therapy
- Assessment & evaluation of children
- Psychological and psychiatric testing
- Co-Parenting / Divorce Education & Training
- New and teen family support and education
- Prevention programs
- Information and referral
- Community education
- Advocacy in the legal system
- Case coordination with other agencies
- Supervised visitation for non-custodial parents
- Case consultation with educators, physicians & other professionals
Facts about the Center for Children
- The Center for Children is currently the largest provider of children’s mental health services in Southern Maryland.
- The Center employs two child Psychiatrists available to people who are in the public mental health system.
- The Center for Children serves 4500 individuals annually and more than 50,000 children and families since its inception in 1989.
- The Center for Children serves people of all ages.
- The Center is a major resource for schools, pediatricians, Department of Social Services, county health departments, and other youth organizations.
- The Center provides the only primary child abuse prevention program targeted specifically at high-risk first-time parents.
- 1989: The Center was incorporated as a private non-profit and was awarded the Governor’s Victim Assistance Award.
- 1992: The Executive Director was awarded the Governor’s Victim Assistance Award.
- 1993: The Juvenile Sex Offender Evaluation program was initiated.
- 1994: The Center became an outpatient mental health clinic licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Center began its Court Liaison Program for Maryland Victims of Crime.
- 1996: The Center began providing on-call services with the Sheriff’s Office to victims of personal injury crimes (i.e., homicide).
- 1997: The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) was established.
- 1998: The Center became the only licensed Divorce Education program in the County. The Supervised Visitation Program began. It was the only supervised visitation program in the county and the first in the state of Maryland. CASA of St. Mary’s County trained its first class of volunteers.
- 1999: The Healthy Families Charles County Program was designed to offer supportive services to new parents including home visits by trained family support workers.
- 2000: The Center was given the Governor’s Citation for Excellence for the Friends Indeed Mentoring Program.
- 2001: The Center for Children moved to a new location on Radio Station Road in La Plata, MD.
- 2002: The Center for Children collaborated with FEMA to host Project Restore for the survivors of the F4 La Plata tornado. The Center for Children expanded the CASA program to Charles County. The Center received Federal Funding to mentor children with incarcerated parents.
- 2003: Awarded a three year federal grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Administration for Children and Families and the Family and Youth Services Bureau to mentor the children of prisoners(MCP).
- 2004: The Center received its third Governor’s Victim Assistance Award recognizing outstanding service to victims of violent crime. The Center celebrated its 15th year of service, having assisted more than 30,000 children and families across Southern Maryland during that time. CASA expanded to Charles County, thus changing the name from CASA of St.
Mary’s County to CASA of Southern Maryland.
- 2005: Center for Children opened offices in Calvert County.
- 2006: Awarded additional three year federal grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Administration for Children and Families and the Family and Youth Services Bureau to mentor the children of prisoners(MCP).
- 2007: Center for Children begins offering Community Investment Tax Credits. Expansion grant awarded for expansion of CASA in Calvert County.
- 2008: The Charles County Commissioners present the proclamation designating the week of April 13 as “Protecting Our Children Week.”
- 2009: Hosted first Annual Touch-A-Truck Event. Family Resource Center opened in Calvert County. Awarded William S. Abell Foundation, Inc. grant for $25,000.
- 2010: The Center for Children presents Maryland State Senator Thomas M. Middleton with the “Take Away Their Tears” honor to showcase appreciation for his continued advocacy and legislation in support of children’s issues.
- 2011: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) holds Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Center for Children and donates over $15,000.
- 2012: Executive Director Catherine L. Meyers, LCPC, was presented the Outstanding Service Award in Mental Health by the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC). Catherine was also named to The Daily Record’s 2012 List of Maryland’s Top 100 women.
- 2013: Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) accredits the Center for Children’s Healthy Families America program as a provider of high quality home visitation services to families who want to improve their child’s health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.
- 2014: Case Management program extends to include Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. Healthy Families Charles County expands to Healthy Families Southern Maryland to include St. Mary’s County.The Charles County Commissioners present the proclamation designating the month of April as “Child Abuse Awareness Month.”
- 2018: The Center for Children has been awarded a three-year CARF accreditation applied to the following program(s)/service(s) through January 31, 2021:
- Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
- Community Integration: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
- Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
- Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
Governance Standards Applied. CARF accreditation is an indication of the organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served.