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News

  • December 2015 - CFCC’s Truancy Court Program Receives $47,025 grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Department of Family Administration

    CFCC has received $47,025 from the Maryland Judiciary’s Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration to support the operation of our Truancy Court Program (TCP). This funding supplements $70,000 awarded earlier in the year, bringing the Department of Family Administration’s total support of the TCP to $117,025 for this fiscal year. We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Maryland Judiciary, whose funding of our Truancy Court Program began in 2008.

  • December 2015 - CFCC’s Truancy Court Program Receives $25,000 grant from Open Society Institute—Baltimore

    CFCC has received a $25,000 grant from Open Society Institute—Baltimore to support the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP). We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with OSI-Baltimore, with whom we have worked closely for many years on attendance issues. The TCP has increased the number of schools where it operates the TCP this year in response to its success with students at the ninth grade level. 

  • December 2015 - CFCC Receives $60,000 grant from the Charles Crane Family Foundation

    CFCC has received $60,000 from the Charles Crane Family Foundation to support the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP) in several Baltimore City Public Schools for the 2016–2017 academic year. We are proud to have continuing annual support from the Crane Foundation, which was the first funder of TCP in 2004 and has been a consistent funder since that time. 

  • December 2015 - CFCC Partners with Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

    CFCC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), which will enable CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) to focus on DJS-involved youth who participate in the TCP. We are proud to partner with DJS Secretary Sam Abed and his Chief of Staff, Jay Cleary, a 2002 University of Baltimore School of Law graduate.

  • October 5, 2015- 2015-2016 Truancy Court Program (TCP) Underway

    CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP) is working with four public schools in Baltimore City and one high school in Anne Arundel County for the 2015-2016 school year. This year's schools are Henderson Hopkins Elementary/Middle School, Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law, Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology, New Era Academy in Baltimore City, and North County High School in Anne Arundel County. CFCC's TCP is in great demand by school principals, and the selection process is very competitive. Twenty to thirty schools apply for the grant-funded TCP each year. Learn more about CFCC's Truancy Court Program

  • September 22, 2015- Montgomery County Truancy Prevention Program Has Roots at CFCC's Truancy Court Program 

    Former CFCC Student Fellow and Truancy Court Program (TCP) Volunteer Rexanah Wyse coordinates a Truancy Prevention Program (TPP) in twelve Montgomery County public schools. CFCC operated a Truancy Court Program (TCP) in Montgomery County from 2009 until 2012 after receiving a US Department of Justice grant to develop and implement TCPs in three counties and in Baltimore City. Since then, the Montgomery County Council has provided funding for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office to operate the Truancy Prevention Program (TPP), which is based on the TCP. Learn more about CFCC's Truancy Court Program. 

  • September 1, 2015- CFCC Welcomes 14 Student Fellows for Fall 2015

    CFCC faculty and staff have welcomed fourteen second- and third-year School of Law students enrolled in the Fall 2015 CFCC Student Fellows Program. CFCC Student Fellows participate in a weekly seminar, visit innovative family justice system programs, and are involved in one of CFCC's many projects. This year's fellows represent a wide range of experience, interest, and expertise. Learn more about this year's Student Fellows. Read their insights and learn about their experiences through CFCC's blog

  • August 14, 2015- Center for Families, Children and the Courts Info Session

    As part of the School of Law’s orientation week, CFCC will host an informational session to explain volunteer opportunities in its Truancy Court Program and other CFCC initiatives. The session will take place in Room 544. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Spencer Hall at shall2@ubalt.edu.

  • August 6, 2015- 2015-2016 Truancy Court Program (TCP) Volunteer Judges Named

    Volunteer judges for the 2015-2016 TCP include: Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Charles Peters, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth, Baltimore City Circuit Court Magistrates Kristin Peacock and Joyce Mitchell (ret.), and Baltimore City Assistant Public Defender Mark Friedenthal. The TCP capitalizes on the credibility and authority of our distinguished volunteer judges to create strong bonds between truant students and the TCP judges in order to identify and address the root causes of truancy. 

  • August 19, 2015- CFCC Student Fellows Program I Meeting

    The first seminar of the Fall 2015 CFCC Student Fellows Program takes place in Room 607 of the Angelos Law building. CFCC faculty and staff look forward to welcoming the 2015-2016 Student Fellows.

  • June, 2015- CFCC introduces "Trails Over Truancy" program to the Truancy Court Program (TCP)

    The TCP, in collaboration with Merritt Pridgeon, will introduce a new program to TCP participants in a Baltimore City Middle middle school. "Trails Over Truancy" will expose TCP students to classroom environmental activities and field trips to Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore.

  • June, 2015- The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund awards grant to CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP)

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund has provided support for CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP). The Krieger Fund awarded $15,000 to CFCC to continue operating the TCP in the 2015–2016 school year. Gifts from the Krieger Fund have helped CFCC to operate the TCP at the Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School from 2012–2014, Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School in 2014–2015, and Henderson Hopkins Elementary/Middle School in 2015–2016. The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund supports programs that enhance individual and community potential.

  • June, 2015- The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) funds CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP)

    For the eighth consecutive year, the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has provided funding for CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP). The $70,000 grant assists with the development and implementation of the TCP in Baltimore City at the Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law, New Era Academy, Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology and Henderson Hopkins Elementary/Middle School. The grant also helps support the operation of the TCP at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. The AOC has consistently appreciated the preventive power of the TCP to keep children out of the juvenile and child welfare systems and to keep parents out of the criminal justice system due to truancy.

  • CFCC collaborated with the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to present "Maryland's Family Justice System: a Symposium." The symposium featured keynote remarks by Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, former Chief Judge Robert Bell, and Frank Kros, Executive Vice President of the Children's Guild of Baltimore City. Panelists focused on the successes and challenges of Maryland's family justice system since the establishment of the five Family Divisions in 1998. Symposium participants laid the groundwork to move forward to address critical issues affecting families and children in family court. To view the symposium video, click here. To view the PowerPoint presented by keynote speaker Frank Kros, click here.

  • June, 2015 - CFCC Director Barbara Babb receives the 2015 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award

    Professor Barbara A. Babb, CFCC's Founder and Director, received the 2015 Stanley Chen 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, named after one of AFCC's founders, recognizes outstanding research and achievements in family law. In his introduction of Professor Babb, AFCC Oregon Chapter Leader William Howe III noted her nationally- and internationally-recognized scholarship and activism to improve the family justice system, primarily through the creation of Unified Family Courts.
  • May 27-30, 2015 - CFCC presents at 52nd annual Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) annual conference. 

    CFCC Director, Professor Barbara A. Babb, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Cathy Serrette, and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented a workshop titled "Unified Family Courts: The Door to One-Stop Shopping for Children and Families" at AFCC's annual conference, "Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes." The workshop focused on how Unified Family Courts efficiently and effectively address the needs of families and children in court.
  • April 1, 2015– CFCC hosts seventh annual Urban Child Symposium.

    Over 200 people attended "Violence and the Urban Child: What Can We Do?" The symposium was hosted by CFCC at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Speakers focused on issues relating to children and violence, including juvenile detention, gang activity, trauma, and family engagement. Participants included educators, attorneys, social workers, services providers, and students.
  • March, 2015– CFCC awarded the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation Grant.

    The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation has awarded CFCC a $50,000 Special Projects grant to assist in the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP) at North County High School in Anne Arundel County and the Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law in Baltimore City during the 2015–2016 school year. The vision of the Ohio-based O’Neill Family Foundation is for strong communities where families thrive.
  • January 2015 – CFCC published A Comprehensive Approach to Truancy for Baltimore City: A Roundtable Discussion , by Professor Barbara A. Babb and
    CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger.

    The report is based on two roundtable meetings which CFCC convened for stakeholders to address the widespread truancy in Baltimore.
  • December 2014 – The Winter 2014 edition of CFCC’s e-newsletter, Full Court
    Press, was released.

    The issue focuses on the many indicators of progress that has been made to improve
    the lives of families and children.
  • November 2014 – A longtime supporter of CFCC, the Charles Crane Family
    Foundation, was honored as the 2014 Foundation of the Year by the Association
    of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

    Professor Barbara A. Babb was featured in the commemorative video.
  • November 2014 – CFCC received a $60,000 grant from the Charles Crane Family
    Foundation.

    CFCC has received a $60,000 grant from the Charles Crane Family Foundation to support the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP) in four Baltimore City Public Schools for the 2015–2016 academic year. This grant is particularly meaningful for CFCC because the Crane Foundation was the TCP’s first funder, in 2004. The foundation very generously has funded the program every year since that time.
  • November 2014 – CFCC received a $25,000 new grant from State Farm Good
    Neighbor Citizenship Program.

    For the second year in a row, the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Program has awarded a grant to support a series of three financial literacy workshops for parents and three workshops for students participating in CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) at Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law. TCP staff and CFCC Student Fellows (second- and third-year law students enrolled in CFCC’s Student Fellows Program) have developed and have taught three workshops for parents and three workshops for students at the school. State Farm agents David Rosario, John Buggs and Tom Benisch have served as presenters at several of the workshops.
  • October 2014 – Prof. Barbara Babb guest edited the October 2014 Family Court
    Review.

     
  • October 2014 – Professor Barbara A. Babb wrote "Family Courts Are Here to Stay. So Let’s Improve Them," which appeared in the Family Court Review (October 2014) and focuses on the family court’s mission, function and structure. 

    This is a response to a White Paper on how family courts addressed separating and divorcing families, published by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System’s Honoring Families Initiative.
  • July 2014 - CFCC publishes the 14th issue of its Unified Family Court Connection newsletter.

    This 14th issue celebrates the 15th anniversary of Maryland's Family Divisions with articles about the innovative and positive results of their implementation. The newsletter includes the following articles:

    • “A Tribute to the Honorable Robert M. Bell, the Leader of Maryland’s Family Divisions” by Judge Clayton Greene, Jr.
    • “Family Divisions Have Flourished in Fifteen Years and Have More to Accomplish” by Judge Cathy Hollenberg Serrette
    • “Unified Family Courts Offer a Healthy Roadmap for Families” by Risa Garon
    • “Celebrating the Evolution of the Family Divisions in Maryland” by Yolanda F. Sonnier and Kendra Randall Jolivet

    For a paper copy of the newsletter or to be added to the mailing list, please email cfcc@ubalt.edu .

  • March 26, 2014 – CFCC Director, Professor Barbara Babb, was featured on WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

    Professor Barbara Babb discussed the impact of social media on children during Sheilah Kast’s Maryland Morning segment. Professor Babb also talked about the risks and benefits of social media and about CFCC’s sixth Urban Child Symposium, “Social Media and the Urban Child: The Effects of the Digital Age."
  • February 19, 2014 – CFCC submitted written testimony in support of proposed legislation (House Bill 363: Truant Students--System of Active Intervention--Requirements)

    CFCC submitted written testimony in support of proposed legislation that calls for each Maryland county board of education to develop and implement a system of active intervention for truant students. The bill’s proposal is consistent with CFCC’s Truancy Court Program, including the establishment of an individualized reengagement plan for each truant student. You can read CFCC’s testimony here.
  • January 2014 – CFCC received a $43,172 grant from the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention

    This grant will fund the addition of a lawyer to the Truancy Court Program. This position will work with the TCP’s coordinators, social workers, mentors, teachers, school administrators, and support staff to identify, analyze, and address legal issues and problems affecting TCP families.
  • December 2013 - CFCC received a $50,000 grant for the Truancy Court Program (TCP) from the Charles Crane Family Foundation.

    The Crane Foundation was the first TCP funder in 2004, allowing CFCC to launch the initiative, and has supported the program every year since then. CFCC is very grateful for the Crane Foundation’s commitment to the TCP and to improving the lives of children and families in Baltimore.
  • December 2013 - CFCC published the 7th issue of its Full Court Press E-Newsletter.

    This 7th issue featured an article entitled, “Advocates for Youth Renew Commitment to Deinstitutionalize Status Offenders.” For more information, you can view the e-newsletter here.
  • 2013 – CFCC’s Director, Prof. Barbara Babb, and Prof. David Wexler wrote a chapter on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, recently published in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Springer 2013).

    To download the chapter, please follow the link to “Therapeutic Jurisprudence” by Barbara A. Babb and David B. Wexler.

Upcoming Events

  • February 2016 - Professor Barbara Babb is Keynote Speaker at the California Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference.

    Professor Barbara Babb, CFCC’s Director, will be the keynote speaker at the California Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference, “Lighting the Path for Family Reorganization: Contemporary Challenges and Innovative Solutions,” on February 19, 2016. Her presentation, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Unified Family Courts: A Bright Light for Family Reorganization,” will focus on her work regarding therapeutic jurisprudence and unified family courts.

  • April 7, 2016 - 2016 Urban Child Symposium to focus on Education of the Urban Child.

    There are few, if any, aspects of a community's well-being more important than the quality of its public education. Education has an impact on every aspect of life: from employment rates to crime rates, from the number of houses bought to the number of teen pregnancies. We know that to have healthy and productive communities, education must be our first priority, particularly in low-income, urban neighborhoods. This symposium examines some of the most difficult challenges facing Baltimore and other large urban areas as they confront troubled schools and the children and families they serve. For more detail, visit the event page . Register now.

Recent Events

  • November-December 2015 – In collaboration with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), CFCC held two trainings for professionals who work with families and children.

    November 30-December 1, 2015 – “Construction of an Effective Parenting Coordination Process: Structure, Tools and Techniques,” with Debra K. Carter, PhD. This two-day training program was for parenting coordinators, mediators, lawyers, judges, therapists, parent educators, and other professionals who work with high conflict families.

    December 2-3 – “Complex Issues in Family Law and Child Custody” with Philip M. Stahl, PhD, ABPP. This two-day training program was for child custody evaluators and legal professionals who work in child custody litigation and mediation.

    Both events were held at the University of Baltimore Student Center, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on all four days. View the PDF of the Training Brochure (PDF) for more information on these recent AFCC/CFCC trainings. View the event video.

  • November 2015 –State Farm Insurance Good Neighbor Citizenship Program on Financial Literacy Workshops for Truancy Court Programs Schools

    CFCC sponsored six workshops this Fall which were supported by a $15,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. CFCC Student Fellows (second- and third-year University of Baltimore law students enrolled in CFCC’s Student Fellows Program) developed workshop content for both parents and students in partnership with State Farm. The first workshops in the series, on November 2 and 4, focused on financial literacy skills and included presentations by State Farm agents David Rosario, John Buggs and Tom Benisch. The second workshops, November 9 and 11, provided students with information about opportunities for higher education and parents with information about how to help their children afford college. The third workshops, November 16 and 18, focused on job skills and the college admissions process.

  • October 23, 2015 - Family Transitions: Issues, Solution and Policies Conference

    The University of Baltimore School of Law Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (CFCC) and the National Family Resiliency Center (NFRC) convened the “Family Transitions: Issues, Solutions, and Policies Conference” at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The conference was designed to launch a statewide conversation about the ways in which courts, policymakers, and service providers can better serve separating and divorcing families in transition. The morning keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Emery (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia), discussed how to address the impact of divorce and separation on children. The afternoon keynote speaker, Maryland State Delegate Kathleen Dumais (Vice Chair of the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee), spoke about new legislative recommendations for custody decision-making. Children, youth, and parents brought the issues faced by families in transition to life through their own personal stories. Multidisciplinary panels including policymakers, practitioners, judges, and attorneys explored solutions and policies essential for a holistic, therapeutic approach to meeting the needs of families in transition. For more about this conference, read a summary of the event on our blog.

  • May 27-30, 2015 - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 52nd Annual Conference. Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes.

    Professor Barbara A. Babb, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Cathy Serrette, and Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented a workshop titled "Unified Family Courts: The Door to One-Stop Shopping for Children and Families" at the AFCC Conference in New Orleans.The workshop examined the interdisciplinary approach of Unified Family Courts (UFCs) and explained how UFCs are designed to address efficiently the needs of families and children in court. The workshop also explored how the UFC model empowers judges, court staff, attorneys, and court users to arrive at effective solutions to the problems that bring children and families to court.

  • April 1, 2015 - Seventh Annual Urban Child Symposium, Violence and the Urban Child: Protecting and Saving Our Children

    Over 200 people attended CFCC's seventh annual Urban Child Symposium. Speakers and panelists focused on issues relating to children and violence, including juvenile detention, gang activity, trauma, and family engagement. Participants included educators, attorneys, social workers, services providers, and students, among others. Events took place in the Moot Court Room, UB School of Law, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • October 2014 – CFCC hosted an exhibit featuring photography from Morocco by Sayra Wells Meyerhoff, J.D. '78, M.S. '04.

     
  • August/September 2014 – CFCC's Fall 2014 Truancy Court Program (TCP) began in five Baltimore City Public Schools, including two high schools.

     

  • June 25, 2014 - Truancy Court Program Principal’s Workshop

    CFCC held a principals’ workshop for school administrators interested to apply for its Truancy Court Program for the 2014-2015 school year. The workshop included presentations from TCP staff, Dr. Beshon Trusty-Smith (Manager, BCPS Office of Attendance and Truancy), school administrators from current TCP schools, and TCP judges. The event was attended by over 39 principals and school administrators from over 30 schools. To learn more about the TCP, please visit the Truancy Court Program webpage.

  • June 4, 2014 - First Lady’s Reception for Truancy Court Program Graduates and Their Families

    Judge Catherine Curran O’Malley, First Lady of Maryland and a CFCC Truancy Court Program judge, hosted a celebration and recognition ceremony for Baltimore City and Montgomery County Truancy Court Program graduates and their families at the Executive House in Annapolis.

  • May 28-31, 2014 – Professor Barbara Babb and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ (AFCC) 51st Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada.

    Professor Babb and Ms. Danziger presented a workshop, “Many Shades of Gray: How to Identify Benchmarks for Your Family Court,” at AFCC’s 51st Annual Conference, Navigating the Waters of Shared Parenting: Guidance from the Harbour, in Toronto.

  • April 3, 2014 - CFCC’s 6th Annual Urban Child Symposium

    This year’s symposium, "Social Media and the Urban Child: The Effects of the Digital Age," featured panels on:

    The Social Media Landscape and Its Effects on Individuals, Families, and Communities

    The Law, Social Media and the Urban Child

    Pros and Cons – Parents and Children

    For more information and videos from the event, please visit our Urban Child Symposium page.

  • January/February 2014 - Truancy Court Program Orientations

    Truancy Court Program (TCP) Orientations for the spring 2014 session took place in 10 TCP Schools in Baltimore City and Montgomery County.

  • January 30-31, 2014 - CFCC Director Barbara Babb served as keynote speaker at the Maine State Bar Association 2014 Access to Justice Symposium and Annual Meeting in Portland, Maine

    Professor Babb spoke as a panelist for the “Relations and Rights: Emerging Issues for Maine Families” session on January 30 and as the keynote plenary speaker for the Maine State Bar Association 2014 Annual Meeting on January 31. Her presentation was entitled “Family Justice System Reform.” For more information, please visit the Maine State Bar Association website.

Press

  • The CFCC/National Family Resiliency Center co-sponsored conference, "Families in Transition," was highlighted in a feature article on children's needs beyond the courtroom in the Daily Record’s Maryland Family Law Update. Read the article.

     
  • December 2014 – The American Bar Association (ABA) Journal (December
    2014) featured an article on rehoming of adopted children that included comments
    from Professor Barbara A. Babb about the challenges of matching parents and
    children in the adoption process.

     

  • August 2014 – Professor Barbara A. Babb was featured in the cover story of the
    August Maryland Family Law Monthly article entitled, “Say you want an
    evolution/ Family-law educators opt for less adversarial, more holistic approach”.

  • August 2014 – In response to a Baltimore Sun article “Raising attendance rates in
    Baltimore City schools,” the Sun published a comment from Professor Barbara A.
    Babb and Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger about the success of CFCC’s Truancy
    Court Program.

     

  • May 15, 2014 - Baltimore's WMAR TV aired a prominent story on truancy in Baltimore City, highlighting CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP).

     
  • May 14, 2014 – The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange published an article on CFCC’s Truancy Court Program by Gary Gately entitled, “Mock Court Gets Truant Students Back in the Classroom.”

    Gary Gately outlines the TCP’s therapeutic and holistic approach to address truancy and explores the deeper issues that emerge in CFCC’s fight to keep students in school. Gately’s interviews with CFCC Director Barbara Babb, TCP Judge Master Joyce Mitchell, and TCP staff present some of the challenges faced by many Baltimore City school children.

  • July 2013 – A chapter written by CFCC Director Prof. Barbara Babb has been newly published in Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives, edited by Richard L. Wiener and Eve M. Brank and published by Springer.

    Professor Babb’s chapter entitled, “Unified Family Courts: An Interdisciplinary Framework and a Problem-Solving Approach,” appears in a recently released book, Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives, edited by Richard L. Wiener and Eve M. Brank and published by Springer. For more information on the book and how to purchase a copy, please visit the Springer Publishers website.

  • April 1, 2013 – The Daily Record published “UB Law’s Urban Child Symposium to Focus on Trauma” by Joe Surkiewicz

    CFCC’s Fifth Annual Urban Child Symposium is the subject of an April 1 Daily Record feature. The article sets the stage for the symposium, entitled “A Holistic Approach to the Urban Child’s Trauma: From the Eyes of the Beholder,” slated for Thursday, April 4. The interdisciplinary symposium will address the importance of considering exposure to childhood trauma when developing more effective means to confront the problems that urban children and their families face.

  • January 2013 - Maryland Law Review published Professor Barbara A. Babb's "Maryland's Family Divisions: Sensible Justice for Families and Children", a retrospective of the development of family courts in Maryland that honored the critical role played by Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.

  • October 22, 2012 – The Daily Record published “Truancy Court Aims to Keep Youngsters out of Bigger Problems” by Steve Lash.

    CFCC’s Truancy Court Program is the subject of an October 22 Daily Record feature. The articles focuses on the TCP’s positive effect on truant students in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, Maryland. Professor Barbara A. Babb, CFCC Director, and TCP volunteer judges, including Judge Catherine O’Malley, Judge James Sarsfield, and Assistant State’s Attorney George Simms, explain the importance of an early intervention, non-punitive, and holistic approach to address the reasons why students are missing school.

  • CFCC’s Truancy Court Program Named a ‘Bright Idea’ by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

    The Truancy Court Program developed by the University of Baltimore School of Law Center for Families, Children and the Courts has been recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as a Bright Idea..

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