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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.


  • 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 .

  • 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.

Upcoming Events

  • July 2014 – CFCC is accepting applications for its Truancy Court Program for the 2014-2015 school year.

    CFCC will be accepting applications for its Truancy Court Program from interested Baltimore City Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year until July 9. There is limited funding available to operate the TCP free-of-charge, but the TCP is available also on a fee-for-service basis. Applications are due to CFCC by July 9.

  • August 20, 2014 – Fall 2014 CFCC Student Fellows Program I Begins

    With its largest class size to date, the Fall 2014 CFCC Student Fellows Program I (Law 888) will focus on cutting-edge approaches to family law and family justice system reform, including an examination of unified family courts, teen courts, and other problem-solving courts. Students also will be involved in CFCC’s many projects, including its popular Truancy Court Program.

Recent Events

    • 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. For event photos, please visit the Governor’s Office Photo Gallery.

    • 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.


    • 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.

    • 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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