MCAP was founded in 2004 with a simple yet powerful mission: to end and prevent child abuse and neglect in Montgomery County through legal services, advocacy, and education.
The catalyst for MCAP was an eight-year-old girl who had to testify on the stand about the sexual abuse she suffered from her mother’s boyfriend. Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy and Judge Risa Vetri Ferman, both prosecutors at the time, were in the courtroom and saw this young girl complete her testimony. She then walked bravely past her abuser, her unsupportive mother, and a courtroom packed with strangers to take her seat all alone. After years of witnessing this scenario over and over again, our pioneers decided that this would be the last time. Along with the help of Marc R. Steinberg, Esq., they were able to get the support of the Montgomery Bar Association and the Court of Common Pleas to incorporate as a nonprofit and MCAP was born. Committed to MCAP, Marc was the first MCAP child advocate and President of the MCAP Board of Trustees.
Since our founding in 2004, MCAP child advocates have provided free legal services to more than 9,000 children in approximately 6,400 cases. While we strive to end child abuse through education and advocacy, sadly we know our work will continue, especially in light of the opioid crisis, mental health challenges, and housing and food insecurities for families.