Trauma is an emotional experience that can create significant and lasting damage to a person’s mental, physical and emotional growth. With recent study of the brain, the definition of trauma has expanded to include life experiences that take a serious emotional toll on those involved, even if the event did not cause physical damage. Traumatizing experiences that we respond to include:
The goal of the programs in our Trauma Services division is to create or enhance SHARE (Safety, Hope, Advocacy, Resilience, and Empowerment) for all clients. These programs provide therapeutic services, crisis intervention, case management, and advocacy. Through partnerships with many community agencies and the use of evidence-based practices, FCS is recognized as a leader in the field of trauma treatment services throughout Central Maryland.
For help call:
Anne Arundel County: 410-571-8341
Baltimore City: 410-366-1980
Baltimore County: 410-281-1334
Carroll County: 410-876-1233
Harford County: 410-838-9000
Howard County: 410-997-3557
Together we can rebuild lives*
At four years old, a little girl named Brooke came to FCS as a victim of child sexual abuse. Her mother was a prostitute, and Brooke often witnessed her mother engaging in sexual activities with various customers in cars and other places. Since she was a toddler, her mom also had offered Brooke as a sexual partner to these men. Instead of learning her ABCs, she was learning to muffle her cries and hide her agonizing physical and emotional pain.
When Brooke first started treatment in FCS’ child abuse treatment program, she immediately underwent intensive counseling and support to help her regain her self-worth and confidence. Through individual counseling, she has learned basic personal safety rules so the likelihood of being abused again in the future is significantly reduced.
*(Name changed to protect privacy)