Child Abuse

Services are offered at all locations.

Working towards healthy, emotionally stable children is our mission. 

Springboard offers a full range of services to children, adolescents, and families who have experienced the effects of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse. We provide a safe, trusting, and nurturing environment where individuals can begin the healing process and make the transition from victims to survivors.

A longtime leader in the treatment of emotional trauma, Springboard partners with the local Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) in  Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties, to provide on site services to minimize the stress on both children and families. CACs are child-focused facilities where representatives from law enforcement, child protection, criminal justice, mental health, medical health, and victim advocacy work together to conduct interviews and make team decision about investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Abuse 
It is common for children who are sexually abused to be so traumatized that they do not talk about it for days or months. Sometimes, behavior that is out-of-character can be the first indicator of a problem. Sexual abuse therapists report that the frequent warning signs include:

  • Loss of appetite, recurring nightmares, disturbed sleep patterns, fear of the dark, or similar extreme changes in behavior 
  • An exceptional knowledge of, or interest in, sexual matters
  • Expressions of affection that are inappropriate for the child’s age​
  • Fear of, or great reluctance to, being left alone with a particular person
  • Aggressive, disruptive, or delinquent behavior
  • Withdrawal,
  • Running away
  • Difficulties in school ​

Appropriate Response — What to Do if a Child Discloses Abuse 

  • Believe the child. The notion that children lie about sexual abuse is a myth. 
  • Report the suspected abuse. ​​(For recent assault or abuse, call 911. For past assault or abuse, report to police, Child Advocacy Center, or Department of Social Services.)
  • Remain calm. Take the information seriously, but don’t overreact. 
  • Reassure. Commend the child (or parent) for reporting it. Remind the victim that it was not his or her fault. 
  • Protect the victim.  Always err on the side of the child’s safety. 
  • Support. Be there in the moment for the child and/or parent. Help him/her feel loved and accepted. 

Child abuse services are offered at all locations.

FCS Baltimore Location

Baltimore City Office 
4623 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

*The Baltimore City location also serves Baltimore County.

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800-899-4601 (toll free) 

Carroll County Office 
22 North Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157

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Our Main Number 410-669-9000

West End Place

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Springboard Community Services Family Support Center
7 Schoolhouse Avenue
Westminster, MD 21157

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Harford County Office 
44 East Gordon Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

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Harford County Info

Howard County Office 
10451 Twin Rivers Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21044

*Howard County also serves Anne Arundel.

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.

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