The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) celebrated the opening of the Child Advocacy Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The new center is designed to minimize trauma by providing a comforting and family friendly environment with knowledgeable staff on hand committed to family and child safety. The BOCC agreed to lease the space for a year during the center’s start-up period and provided staffing assistance from the Calvert County Department of General Services who identified the property and reconfigured the space into three rooms and a lobby. The new center, conveniently located in Prince Frederick, is the first of its kind in Calvert County.

Deputy State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh was a driving force that lead the initiative to develop the center. The effort to bring these services together in one space is a collaboration between the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Calvert County Department of Social Services, the Calvert County Health department and local law enforcement. The Calvert Family Advocates also helped to raise donations to renovate and furnish the space. All joined forces to make the center a reality. The BOCC is excited and proud to have this valuable resource available locally to citizens.

Images courtesy of the Calvert CountyGovernment