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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.
The Krieger Fund awarded $15,000 to CFCC to continue operating the TCP in the 2015-2016 school year. This is the third consecutive year of TCP funding from the Krieger Fund.
For the eighth consecutive year, the AOC has provided funding to CFCC for the TCP. The $70,000 grant will be used to assist with the development and implementation of the TCP in four Baltimore City Public Schools.
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.
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:
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To download the chapter, please follow the link to “Therapeutic Jurisprudence” by Barbara A. Babb and David B. Wexler.
The National Family Resiliency Center, Inc. and CFCC will sponsor a dynamic, informative conference for all professionals working with separating and divorcing families to address key issues, create better solutions, and become change agents to help develop relevant family policy. Conference registration information will be available in August, 2015.
Co-hosted by the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration and the UB School of Law Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts. Symposium events took place in the UB School of Law, Moot Court Room from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Truancy Court Program (TCP) Orientations for the spring 2014 session took place in 10 TCP Schools in Baltimore City and Montgomery County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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