The Cricket Center Berlin MD


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The Cricket Center

Address: PO Box 97 Berlin, MD 21811 [Map]
Phone: 410.641.0097
Email: Contact Form
Hours: N/A
Open: Year-Round
Services: The Cricket Center is Worcester County’s only Child Advocacy Center (CAC).
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About The Cricket Center

The Cricket Center is Worcester County’s only Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

We are a 501 (c)(3) organization and fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.

The CRICKET Center is a child-friendly, safe and neutral location in which local law enforcement and Child Protective Services investigators may conduct and observe forensic interviews with children who are alleged victims of crimes. The Cricket Center provides child and non-offending family members support, crisis intervention, trauma based therapy and medical intervention.

C.R.I.C.K.E.T. = Child Resource Intervention Center Kids Empowerment Team

The Cricket Center Mission

Investigation. Treatment. Prosecution.

The Cricket Center, member of the National Children's Alliance Accredited MemberThe mission of The CRICKET Center is to create a community response in which abusers are held accountable and children and families experience hope and healing.

The CRICKET Center’s main objective is to reduce trauma to child victims by bringing all necessary local agencies together. The multidisciplinary team is made up of law enforcement officers, child protective service personnel, prosecutors, lawyers, advocates, mental health therapists and medical personnel. The multidisciplinary team meets regularly to communicate and collaborate on child abuse cases. Cases are reviewed beginning with the victim’s initial outcry through investigation, treatment and prosecution.

The Cricket Center Work

The CRICKET Center is comprised of all partnering agencies in Worcester County who investigate and prosecute child abuse as well as medical and mental health professionals who work towards protecting abused children.

Investigation

Worcester County Sheriff’s office provides support during the investigative and prosecutorial process. Investigations are conducted jointly with child protective services workers and law enforcement officers assisting one another. The

Treatment

Atlantic General Hospital provides medical intervention. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) nurse examines the child victim for signs of sexual abuse and other untreated medical conditions. SAFE nurses are specially trained to examine victims and collect evidence. Medical exams are provided at no charge to families.

Life Crisis Center, Inc. provides mental health intervention and advocacy to child victims and non-offending family members. Providers are specially trained in trauma-based therapy to offer specialized treatment for abused children.

Worcester County Department of Social Services, child protective services unit provides support for child victims and families through the investigative process. The forensic interview is conducted one-on-one in a neutral setting that is sensitive to the needs of the child. The interview allows the children to explain what happened in their own words. Members of the multidisciplinary team view the interview live from another location in the CAC.

Prosecution

Worcester County State’s Attorneys Office partners with the multidisciplinary team and prosecutes offenders when the evidence warrants.

 

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