Dedicated to transforming the family justice system, improving family courts, and connecting courts to communities
CFCC has been instrumental in the development of the unified family court system in Maryland and throughout the nation.
Robert M. Bell, Former Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals
CFCC Director Barbara Babb Honored by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Professor Barbara A. Babb, CFCC’s Founder and Director, has just received the 2015 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award, a prestigious honor conferred by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). The award, given out at AFCC’s annual meeting in New Orleans, recognizes outstanding research and achievements in family law. Professor Babb was selected for her long career of scholarship and activism to improve the family justice system, including the design and promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to family law decision-making and family court reform. AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association with more than 5,000 members. The award is named after one of AFCC’s founders.
Welcome to the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts. We are committed to ensure that the practice of family law in Maryland, nationally, and around the world improves the lives of families and the health of communities.
CFCC advocates the use of therapeutic jurisprudence, the understanding that the law has an effect on behavior, emotions and mental health. We support a holistic approach to problem-solving in family law matters.
CFCC primary goals are to:
- Deliver cutting-edge family law education by engaging law students in real-life learning opportunities
- Promote the development of unified family courts to provide children and families with a single court system with comprehensive subject-matter jurisdiction
- Improve the delivery of legal, social, judicial, administrative and other services within the family justice system, including evaluating family court systems
- Develop training programs and tools for judges, court staff and attorneys to build their understanding of the complex issues underlying family law proceedings
- Support school success for children by bringing together judges, attorneys, law students and other members of the legal community to improve school attendance, reform school discipline practices and protect legal rights for children in school
We invite you to learn more about what we are, what we do, and how you can get involved with our work.