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About the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts

What is the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts?

The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts is a national leader in promoting the concept of a Unified Family Court system to resolve family conflicts in a therapeutic, ecological, and service-based manner.

CFCC has been a key partner in promoting family court reform in our state. Its work helps courts and their community partners remain focused on how our work can benefit families.

Pamela Cardullo Ortiz
Executive Director
Department of Family Administration
Administrative Office of the Courts
Maryland Judicial Center

CFCC's mission consists of two overarching principles:

  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence - The belief that families and children deserve an effective and efficient court system that aims to improve their lives.
  • The Ecology of Human Development - A social science framework that requires a holistic look at the many systems affecting the lives of families and children.

CFCC is a national leader in the effort to mitigate the harms of the traditional family justice system, while promoting, implementing, improving, and evaluating the Unified Family Court model.

You can find more information on CFCC’s objectives on our What We Do page.