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Learn more about the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children, and the Courts' news and events

CFCC also has numerous publications, which include newsletters, articles, reports, and books, some of which are currently for sale. Please visit our publications page for a full list of CFCC's published materials.


  • 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."
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • October 2013 - CFCC published the 7th issue of its Truancy Court Program E-Newsletter.

    This 7th issue included features on:

    • TCP Year in Review
    • Reflections from CFCC Student Fellows
    • Kids and the Arts Program Improves Attendance and School Engagement
  • August 2013 - CFCC published the 13th issue of the Unified Family Court Connection.

    This 13th issue focused on logistical and fiscal challenges faced by family courts nationwide. The newsletter included the following articles:

    • “Legal Parentage of Both Parents in Same-Sex Couples Increasingly is Sanctioned Nationwide” by Nancy D. Polikoff
    • “The Future Unified Family Court Will Expand to Handle Burgeoning Cases” by Judge Howard I. Lipsey
    • “Oregon’s Unified Family Court is Doing More with Less Resources” by William J. Howe III and Judge Paul J. DeMuniz

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

  • July 2013 - CFCC received $68,265 from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office to operate our Truancy Court Program in Montgomery County

    CFCC received $68,265 from the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office to operate our Truancy Court Program in three Montgomery County public schools and to provide technical assistance to one school for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    We at CFCC are particularly pleased with this funding, which is an outgrowth of the federal earmark grant CFCC received a few years ago and with which we launched the TCP in Montgomery County. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy and several of his Assistant State’s Attorneys have been instrumental in assisting with the operation of the TCP and obtaining continued funding after the expiration of the earmark.

    All of us at CFCC are grateful for this wonderful collaboration, which permits some of our CFCC Student Fellows to work closely with Mr. McCarthy’s office.

  • June 2013 - CFCC received $83,751 from the Maryland Judiciary’s Department of Family Administration Special Projects Grant Program.

    The grant supports the operation of the TCP in five Baltimore City public schools for the 2013-2014 school year.

Upcoming Events

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

    Professor Babb and Ms. Danziger will present 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. For registration information, please visit AFCC’s website.

  • 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, will host a celebration and recognition ceremony for Baltimore City and Montgomery County Truancy Court Program graduates and their families at the Executive House in Annapolis.

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

    CFCC will hold a principals’ workshop for school administrators interested to apply for its Truancy Court Program for the 2014-2015 school year. To learn more about the TCP, please visit the Truancy Court Program webpage.

Recent Events

    • 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.

    • December 2-5, 2013 – In collaboration with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), CFCC held two trainings for professionals who work with families and children.

      December 2-3 – “The Model Standards and Beyond: Custody Evaluations and Risk Management” with David Martindale, PhD, ABPP

      December 4-5 – “Transforming Family Dynamics: Fundamentals of Parenting Coordination” with Debra K. Carter, PhD

    • December 3, 2013 – CFCC hosted a reception to launch the formation of the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

      CFCC hosted a cocktail reception to announce the formation of a Maryland Chapter of AFCC. The Maryland AFCC will bring together local professionals involved in family court practice and services, foster collaboration among members, provide networking opportunities, and host local conferences on issues of interest to members. For more information on this new Maryland AFCC chapter, please contact Ali Dansker Doyle at
    • September 20 and October 4, 2013 - CFCC co-sponsored Family Law trainings with the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

      This two-part program was geared to beginning family law practitioners and provides in-depth information and guidance on a broad spectrum of family law issues, ranging from initial client contact through trial. The program featured judges, masters, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers members, and attorneys from the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.


    • 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.

    • 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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