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


Bright Idea Award

CFCC's Truancy Court Program was recognized in 2012 by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as a Bright Idea. Bright Ideas recognizes and shares innovative government programs and partnerships. Learn more  here .

Dedicated to creating family justice system reform, improving family courts, and connecting courts to communities.

CFCC has been instrumental in the development of the unified family court system in Maryland and throughout the nation.

Robert M. Bell, Former Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals

Welcome to the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts. We are committed to ensure that the practice of family law in Maryland, nationally, and around the world improves the lives of families and the health of communities.

To accomplish this goal, CFCC works to:

  • integrate communities, families, and the justice system through community-based programs and partnerships
  • promote the concept of a Unified Family Court system
  • improve the delivery of legal, social, judicial, administrative, and other services to families within the family justice system

    Latest at CFCC

    Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives from Springer Publishing

    CFCC’s Director, Professor Barbara Babb, authored a chapter in a new book edited by Richard L. Wiener and Eve M. Brank, Problem Solving Courts: Social Science and Legal Perspectives, published by Springer. Professor Babb’s chapter, “Unified Family Courts: An Interdisciplinary Framework and a Problem-Solving Approach,” provides an argument and a blueprint for Unified Family Courts using the problem-solving perspective.

  • train judges and court staffs in the core competencies of a problem-solving, therapeutic, and holistic family justice system
  • educate the next generation of family lawyers through practical experience and interdisciplinary scholarship and courses 

We invite you to learn more about what we are, what we do, and how you can get involved with our work.