Center for Children, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health

Location: PO Box 2924 La Plata MD 20646 USA

Mission: Crises don't happen on a 9-to-5 basis. That's why the Center for Children is ready to help kids and families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide on-call therapists who help parents when a child experiences a traumatic situation or mental illness. Our Victim Services Center works with local law enforcement and support teams to comfort crime victims, and ease the trauma of felony homicide, robbery, traumatic death, and other crimes. Healthy Families teaches parents how to comfort and care for a new baby, so that a tired new parent can cope with that 2am crying spell. The Center for Children provides more than 19 community support services to improve the lives of children and families, including a mental health clinic offering individual, family, play, and group therapy, psychological testing and evaluations, psychiatric evaluations, Friends Indeed Mentoring program for kids ages 4-15 who need a role model because they have a parent in prison, Healthy Families home visiting support program for first-time and teen parents, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program for abused and neglected children in foster care, Divorce Education classes, Crime Victim Services, and the Incredible Years program which teaches social and anger management skills to elementary school students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Center for Children is dedicated to providing the best mental health services in Southern Maryland. The Director and staff go out of their way to assist those most in need. From fund raisers that provide monies for the center to parties for the children, the center leaves no stones unturned.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I mentor young gentlemen and one of them receives services from thr Center for Children. He enjoys seeing his doctor and has shown great progress in the last three months.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

i would increase the monies raised via fund raising.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Center For Children has an array of mental health programs/services available to our Chales County community. Some of the services provided are Therapeutic, Supervised Visitation, Healthy Families, Functional Family Therapy, Adolescent Psychiatric Rehab (PRP), Connections Case Management and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) The Center is also Parent to the Family Resource Center. The Family Resource Center is located in a great location, at the St. Charles Mall in Waldorf. This makes providing services to residents of Charles County more available and accessable via public transportation. At the Family Resource Center there is a Systems Navigator and Family Navigator. They provide linkage of resources and referrals to the Youth and Familes in Charles County, MD community. The Family Navigator specializes in working with youth and familes that have special needs or a disability. At each location of the Center For Children Offices within the Tri-Counties(St. Mary, Charles, Calvert and Anne Arundel) the hours are flexible for working parents and students who need appointments for evenings, Saturday or afterschool. The staff are skilled and knowledgable in their profession and atmosphere in each location is always welcoming. The work being done at Center For Children is not only good but efffective. Anybody can be good but not everyone is effective.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work life and knowledge has been enhanced due to being allowed time to attend appropriate trainings and conferences. The agency has a team approach not a I or me but we and this is what has made me proud to be a part of the Center For Children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any changes but sure would like to see an abundance of funding come in. This would allow us to have an even greater impact on the communities in which we serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for the Center for Children in some way for over 15 years.
Sometimes the Center is the only voice of reason that these Children have.
We help Children in so many ways ones that have been abused in many ways, The young girl that has become pregrent while in school we help her return to school and teach her how to be a good mother to this child.
The child that has a parent getting released from jail become a family again. We also help the family unit as a hole reconnect and start growing in a healthy way. Southern Maryland is a better place just haveing the Center For Children Inc. serving it's children.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Once a year we hold graduation party for our Healthy Familys THe young mother that has a child while in school and the child after reaching the 5th year of the childs life (THis is how long they stay in the program that makes sure the child is devolping and ready to sstart school and hopfully the mother has returned to school and also has graduated)My job is to try and get some politcal faces there to be a part of this miles stone in these childrens lives

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to bring back the mentoring program it has been cut due to the bad economy and low contributions

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

R. is an 8 year old girl who came to Center for Children for selective mutism. She came when she was 6 years old and was not talking to anyone but in her immediate family. After a year in treatment she was talking in full sentences and had begun talking to extended family members. By the second year she was reading to her teachers, talking to all the teachers in the school, talking in the waiting room in front of other people. She is just begining to talk to her peers. Without the help of the Center for Children, she would not have come this far to overcome her anxiety to talk to people. She still has a ways to go, but she has come a long way since she first started coming.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many clients have improved because of their experience with the therapists at Center for Children, from grief counseling to dealing with behavior problems. I have seen this change in the clients and the growth and changes they have made.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There are no changes I would make to this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing organization providing a critical service to a region that desparately needs it. What else can you say?!? Providing mental health care to abused children and families, CfC has weathered a storm of state funding cuts and apathetic politicians while continuing to make hard decisions that have enabled them to continue providing leading-edge recognized services. At every turn the staff makes decisions based on the new realities they are presented, all the while keeping the consumers at the forefront. That they have done this in the midst of huge financial pressures is a credit to their leadership and training.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the stories I hear in the counties and from school officials

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the community aware and care about the difference thsi organization makes! Internally, I would get a position filled for fund raising, tryign to do it strategically and cost-neutral

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

from CEO

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

operations back-up fund

What is its top priority in the long run?

sustainability and continued service

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Center for Children is a valuable resource for members of the community. This is a Mental Health provider who offers therapy services, psychiatric services, Family Functional Therapy, Case Management, Healthy Families, CASA, Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Supervised Visitation. Help is only a phone call away....and this is the place to go.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

....the daily operations. I have watched broken spirits come in and a smile leave. We have wonderful therapy staff who genuinely care about their clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

....make it bigger to be able to provide more services.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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