May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Of the 74.5 million children living in the United States, more than 17.1 million children have been diagnosed with a mental illness. According to the Child Mind Institute that is more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Half of all mental illness occurs before the age of 14 and 75 percent by the age of 24.
During the month of May Center for Children joins with the national movement to raise awareness about mental health and fight the stigma around mental health.
All month we will be working hard to help break the stigma around mental health and help everyone understand the facts about mental health.
Every child deserves to be...
Children's Mental Health is Our Priority
We are Southern Maryland's leading organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and the promotion of positive Mental and Behavioral Health through crisis intervention, therapy and education.
Who We Serve?
Our outpatient clinic is licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene serving more than 4,500 individuals each year in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Prince Georges and St. Mary's counties.
Our team of professional clinicians provide comprehensive mental health services including individual and family therapy, play and group therapy , psychological testing and evaluations, mental health evaluations and more than 19 programs and services for children and families.
How To Report Suspected Child Abuse
Anyone can report suspected child abuse or neglect. Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family—it may even save a child's life. To report suspected abuse, please call your local department of social services. The Child help National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Understanding What We Do
Center for Children is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and the promotion of positive mental health through crisis intervention, therapy and education. We offer a wide variety of mental health services for the entire family.
We believe that every child in need should have the opportunity to receive quality mental health care.
10 Ways to Prevent Child Abuse
Be a nurturing parent - Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.
Help a friend, neighbor or relative - Being a parent isn't easy. Offer a helping a helping hand, take of the children so that the parent (s) can rest or spend time together.
Help yourself - When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control - take time out don't take it out on the kids.
If your baby cries - It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if the baby won't stop crying. Never shake a baby - shaking a child may result in
serious injury or death.
Volunteer - Center for Children had many volunteer opportunities for those interested. Call our office and volunteer for a program that fits you.
Get Involved - Ask the Center for Children, your community leaders, clergy, library and schools to develop
services to meet the needs of healthy children and families.
Use parenting resources - Contact the Center for Children as well as your local library to find out what information, programs and resources are available and beneficial to you and your love ones.
Promote programs in school - Teaching children, parents and teacher prevention strategies can help to keep children safe.
Monitor your child's... television, video and internet viewing/ usage. Watching violent films, TV programs and video games can harm young children.
Report suspected abuse or neglect - If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department.
Center for Children Programs
Individual, Group & Family Therapy
Child Assessments & Evaluations
Psychological & Psychiatric Evaluation
Case Coordination with other Agencies
New & Teen Family Support
Advocacy in the Legal System
Co Parenting and Divorce Education
Training Seminars for Professional Development
Case Consultation with other professionals
Symptoms of Child Abuse & Adolescent Mental Illness
Poor academic performance at school
Worries all the time
Patterns of repetitive behavior
Never laughs or smiles
Doesn't listen to instruction
Drug or alcohol use
Child like behavior
Hears voices or sees things that aren't there
Plays with fire
Intentionally hurts or is cruel to pets or animals
Difficulty making friends
Center for Children News & Updates
March 5, 2021
Center For Children Names New Clinical Program Director
Center Executive Director, Cathy Meyers, welcomes Anthony Goliday as the new Clinical Director of the local non profit that has served children for more than 30 years.
Read Full Press Release
March 1, 2021
Senate Leaderships Plan to Prioritize Behavioral Health Needs of Child in Next COVID Relief Package
U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.),
joined 6 Democrats in urging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to include targeted funding for the behavioral health needs of our nation’s children through the expansion of the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) program in the next COVID-19 relief package.
Center for Children Locations
Charles County, Maryland
6100 Radio Station Road,
La Plata MD, 20646
P.O. Box 2924 La Plata, MD, 20646
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
2661 Riva Road Building 600 Suite 601,
Annapolis, MD 21401
1125 West Street, Suite 252
Annapolis, MD 21401
Howard County, Maryland
5103B Dorsey Hall Drive
Ellicott City MD 21044
Prince Georges County, Maryland
4550 Forbes Boulevard Suite 330
Lanham, MD 20706
St. Mary's County, Maryland
41900 Fenwick Street, Suite #1
Leonardtown , MD 20650
Calvert County, Maryland
489 Main Street, Suite 202
Prince Frederick, MD 20678