Our Mission

 

The mission of Baltimore Child Abuse Center is to provide victims of child sexual abuse, trauma, and other Adverse Childhood Experiences in Baltimore and their non-offending caretakers with comprehensive forensic interviews, medical treatment, and mental health treatment with a goal of preventing future trauma. BCAC is a non profit subsidiary of LifeBridge Health.

BCAC opened its doors to children and families in crisis in 1987 in response to growing awareness that sexually abused
children were not only suffering the lasting effects of abuse, but they were also being revictimized by the lengthy and often repetitive investigative process intended to help them.

BCAC has since developed a coordinated response that has resulted in timely, child-sensitive investigations of child sexual abuse in Baltimore City.

Year after year, BCAC helps approximately 1,000 children and their families by providing free services to ensure a healthy recovery. BCAC not only provides services for victims of child abuse, but has expanded to help children who have been sexually assaulted, victims of human trafficking, victims of internet exploitation, medical exams for children entering foster care, and witnesses to homicide.

BCAC stands as a leader in training which prevents future trauma. Over the last five years, staff has instituted a
number of training initiatives which have enlightened 7,000 youth-serving professionals in schools, summer camps, law enforcement, and other child advocacy centers. This work protects tens of thousands of children under the care of these professionals from future abuse.

BCAC is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.

Notice of Privacy Policy: This notice is an explanation of the privacy practices adopted by Baltimore Child Abuse Center in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. It explains how we will use any of the client’s health information in our possession and their rights with regard to that information. Baltimore Child Abuse Center is required to maintain the privacy of our client’s personal health information (Pill) and must give you the notice that describes our legal duties and privacy practices with regard to personal health information. In general,when we release health information, we must release only the information we need to achieve the purpose of the use or disclosure. The treatment PHI will be available for release if the parent/guardian/client signs an authorization form. We must follow the privacy practices described in this notice. Read the full policy here.