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About MCS Child Advocacy Center

MCS Child Advocacy Center has a team of over 45 professionals dedicated to helping abused and neglected children in Manatee and surrounding counties. Our administrators are available to assist you with information about MCS programs and services. You can email an administrator directly from the Contact Us page.

MCS Historical Timeline

MCS Timeline 1970s

MCS opened our community's first Emergency Shelter
for child victims of abuse.

MCS Timeline 1980s

MCS was chosen by the State of Florida to operate a specialized team
providing non-leading interviews and medical forensic exams to
child victims called The Child Protection Team (CPT).

MCS Timeline 1990s

MCS was chosen as the "Child Agency of the Year" by the
Manatee Community Council for Children.

MCS Timeline 2000

MCS grew to include 11 important child abuse prevention, intervention,
residential, and treatment services to the community.

MCS Timeline 2006-2015

MCS achieves national accreditation by the Council on Accreditation
having demonstrated meeting the highest standards of service
to child victims of abuse.

MCS Timeline 2014

An anonymous donor provides MCS with financial support
to purchase a Child Advocacy Center Building.

MCS Timeline 2016

MCS is nationally recognized and fully accredited, having met
best practice standards set by the National Children's Alliance.
Additionally, Clinical Services are found to exceed statewide
quality standards and set the bar for best practice.

A look at the mission of Manatee Children's Services

MCS Open House and Building Dedication

Our Supporters
MCS Administration

Chief Executive Officer

Melinda Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

Gigi Kelly

Chief Financial Officer

Julia Robertson

Child Protection Team Coordinator

Ashley Marini

Residential Director

Marcella Lacy

Clinical Director

Cheryl Andrews

Board of Directors

Board Chair

Bill Tokajer


Jesse Carr


David Reali


Kelly Hunt

Board Members

Joyce Edick
Henry Lawrence
Janae Rudacille
John Russo
Valorie Shoates
Bemis Smith

Honorary Lifetime Members

Honorable Edward Nicholas
Ann and Isaac Newell
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Our Location
Manatee Children's Services
1227 9th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Child Protection Team
& SCAN Program
1301 9th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Ph: 941-345-1200   Fx: 941-345-1212

Hours: 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday

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