July 21, 2023 – Aubrey Luce-Edwards, CFCC Executive Director, hosted a breakfast briefing on the hidden foster care system for Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill.
June 27, 2023 – The Abell Foundation awarded CFCC $50,000 in support of the Truancy Court Program.
July 18, 2023 - CFCC received the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) 2023 Impact of the Year Award and was honored during the organization’s 86th Annual Conference in Baltimore for CFCC’s exceptional efforts in rethinking, reimagining, and redefining justice for children and families."The NCJFCJ is proud to recognize CFCC's dedication to redefining justice for children and families with programs that are making a profound difference in the lives of those they serve," said NCJFCJ President Judge Gayl Branum Carr. "It is truly commendable. We applaud the organization for advancing the NCJFCJ's vision of a society where every family and child has access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice."
July 12, 2023 – Aubrey Edwards-Luce joined CFCC as new executive director. Aubrey is a zealous advocate for children, youth, and families. CFCC Faculty Director Shanta Trivedi said, “We could not be more excited to have Aubrey join us. Aubrey has spent her entire career advocating for children while emphasizing the importance of family and community. She is a natural collaborator and centers the voices of those with lived experience in legal systems in everything she does. We are grateful for her policy expertise and are so excited to work together to bring her ideas to life.” About joining CFCC, Aubrey said, “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to build on CFCC’s incredible legacy as we launch new efforts to prevent unnecessary court involvement by supporting children and families in ways that are responsive to their needs and experiences. ” Read Aubrey’s full bio .
June 20, 2023 - The Hon. Miriam Hutchins , District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City (ret.), received this year’s Anthony “Bubba” Green Star Player Award in recognition of her long service as a TCP volunteer judge. Judge Hutchins is known for her ability to draw students out of their shell and for providing never-ending support. As one Carver student put it, “My favorite part of the school week is…talking to the judge. She is so cool and lets me talk about anything and everything, but still keeps me in check about getting to school on time.” Each year, CFCC conveys this award in honor of Anthony “Bubba” Green, a former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman, and a long-time mentor on the TCP team who passed away in June 2019. The award is given each year to the individual associated with the TCP who best exemplifies Bubba’s commitment to working on behalf of others, taking on new challenges, and persevering in the face of adversity.
May 24, 2023 - Christopher Kelly joined the CFCC team in the newly created role of Truancy Court Program Case Manager. This new position was created to focus on outreach and advocacy, and to refer TCP students and families to service providers who can support the complex needs that can serve as obstacles to TCP students’ academic, social, and emotional growth . Read Christopher’s full bio .
February 2023 – The Charles Crane Family Foundation continued its nearly two decades of support for the operation of CFCC’s Truancy Court Program with a grant of $60,000 this year. The foundation was CFCC's first donor in 2004. We thank the Charles Crane Family Foundation for their unwavering support of CFCC.
March 8, 2023 – Executive director Rebecca Stahl left CFCC to become executive director of Somatic Experiencing International.
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
August 22, 2023 - CFCC Faculty Director Shanta Trivedi was quoted in the Baltimore Banner article, “Under new state law, state can’t take kids away solely for parental cannabis use.”
August 9, 2023 – The Imprint Youth and Family News published “Center for Families, Children and the Courts Gets New Executive Director.
August 7, 2023 – The Maryland Daily Record published “University of Baltimore family law center gets new executive director.
August 1, 2023 - CFCC Executive Director Aubrey Luce-Edwards was featured in “Shadow Foster Care: Children and caregivers in a ‘hidden’ system miss out on benefits and support,” by Amanda Robert in The ABA Journal’s Children & the Law series
August 2023 - CFCC Faculty Director Shanta Trivedi published “Mandated Support for Survivors,” in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy
July 24, 2023 - Baltimore Fishbowl published “Impact of the Year Award goes to local legal group helping children and families.”
July 20, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi co-authored with law student Erin Carrington Smith “How Will I Get Back?: The Enduring Pain of Permanent Family Separation, published in the Family Justice Journal.
July 2023 – Shanta Trivedi was interviewed for the University of Baltimore School of Law blog series Charles Street Chats .
March 2023 – Shanta Trivedi was quoted in the article "Advocates for foster children sue state over psychotropic drug prescriptions" in The Daily Record's March 2023 Maryland Family Law Update.
March 23, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi published "The Adoption and Safe Families Act Cannot Be Salvaged," in the Family Court Review .
February 14, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi was quoted in the article “Maryland Eyes Law to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors from ‘Failure to Protect’ Charge,” by Sara Tiano in The Imprint Youth and Family News . Shanta provided testimony on behalf of the law, which, if passed, would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
September 26, 2022 – CFCC Faculty Director Shanta Trivedi and Richard Wexler published “Inadequate housing for foster children is only part of the problem,” an opinion piece in The Baltimore Banner.
September 27, 2023 – The 2023 CFCC Symposium, held on Sept. 27, focused on “The Harm of Removal to Children, Parents, and Communities.” The keynote speaker was Sixto Cancel, the founder and CEO of Think of Us, Think of You (TOU), a research and design lab driving systematic change in child welfare policy and practice. Cancel has been named to Forbes list of Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and recognized as a White House Champion of Change. He has served as a Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative since 2010, where he has played a key role in the initiative’s work of extending foster care permanency for older youth. Cancel’s tireless advocacy is informed by his own experience of the foster care system.
September 26, 2023 – The Pre-Symposium Book Talk, held on Sept. 26, featured three symposium panelists discussing critical issues and perspectives informing this year’s symposium through the lens of their books: Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System: The Case for Abolition (Oxford University Press 2023) by Alan J. Dettlaff, professor and former dean of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; The End of Family Court: How Abolishing the Court Brings Justice to Children and Families (NYU Press 2023) by Jane Spinak, the Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law Emerita at Columbia Law School; and A Child of the Indian Race: A Story of Return (Minnesota Historical Society Press 2022) by Sandy White Hawk, director of healing programs at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.
July 21, 2023 – CFCC executive director Aubrey Edwards-Luce joined her colleagues on National Hidden Foster Care Work Group at the Library of Congress for a briefing breakfast, along with CFCC staff. The event was honorarily co-hosted by leadership from the bipartisan congressional caucus on foster youth. Chairwoman Representative Gwen Moore provided opening remarks as did Co-Chair Representative Mary Gay Scanlon. Aubrey Edwards-Luce, detailed her experience with hidden foster care as a caregiver for her goddaughter and her sister. She also recommended that federal legislation include an opportunity for you to have a voice in creation the arrangements and the services they might need.
June 21, 2023 - CFCC hosted a TCP Judges’ Luncheon to celebrate the end of the school year, and awarded the Anthony “Bubba” Green Star Player Award to the Hon. Miriam Hutchins (ret.).
May 4, June 7, and June 14, 2023 - Members of CFCC and the TCP team gave virtual presentations on how to operate the Truancy Court Program for judges and providers from Pima County, Arizona; for the Truancy Reduction Program: Show Up, Stand out (SUSO) with the District of Columbia Government, Executive Office of the Mayor; and to Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs) from Carroll County, Maryland.
June 14–15, 2023 - Shanta Trivedi presented her paper, “Am I Still a Parent? The Harms to Parents when their Children Are Removed,” at the 2023 Family Law Scholars & Teachers Conference (FLSTC) at Boston College Law School. Shanta is currently co-chairing the FLSTC with Professor Meghan Boone (Wake Forest University).
June 1 and 2, 2023 - CFCC Faculty Director Shanta Trivedi participated in the Annual Meeting on Law and Society in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
On June 1, she served as a reader in an Author Meets Reader Session for the books Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families "and" How Abolition Can Build a Better World by Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania) and Prosecuting Poverty, Criminalizing Care , by Wendy A. Bach (University of Tennessee) chaired by Professor Emerita Nancy Polikoff (American University). Other readers included:
Amna Akbar (The Ohio State University)
Kelley Fong (University of California, Irvine)
Tina Lee (University of Wisconsin-Stout)
Priscilla Ocen , (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles)
Jane Spinak (Columbia Law School)
On June 2, she participated in a roundtable entitled Focusing on Families: Centering Lived Experience in Teaching Family Policing, with Joyce McMillan of JMac for Families and Professors Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania), Sarah Katz (Temple University) and Sarah Lorr (Brooklyn Law School).
May 2023 - TCP held pizza and donut parties for spring graduates at our five schools this term. Graduates either (1) decreased their absences/tardies by at least 65% or (2) improved their grades to at least passing in two or more core classes. TCP’s graduation rate for the spring session was 79%. Read TCP Coordinator Rohina Zavala’s full end-of-year TCP wrapup article on CFCC’s blog .
April 24, 2023 - TCP partnered with Global Gardens to present a workshop led by four Baltimore City Public School high school students for 20 Park Heights Academy students (grades 3 through 5) on the effects of global warming and how kids can help. Students were given a pot, soil, and herb seeds to plant as part of the workshop. This event was a collaboration with My Box, which provides educational gifts to hospitalized children, children home with Covid, and chronically absent children.
April, 2023 - CFCC collected approximately 100 books from the community to donate to TCP students who were interested in improving their reading skills. Per the request of the students, the majority of the donations were for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Goosebumps series.
March 29 – April 4, 2023 - Thanks to the generous support of CFCC friends, the Truancy Court Program (TCP) team was able to distribute 27 spring break food baskets to 23 families, including one family of 11 people who received 3 baskets and another multi-generational household that received 2 baskets. Each basket included approximately $40 of groceries and an assortment of age-appropriate games for the student(s) to help support families during spring break. The groceries consisted of easy-to-make meals, non-perishable goods, fresh fruit, and plenty of snacks. Age-appropriate activities ranged from playing cards to board games and activity books.
March 30, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi presented at a University of Connecticut School of Law symposium entitled “Are Parental Rights Always in the Best Interest of Children? Race, Gender, Sexuality, and the Conflict over Parental Rights.”
March 23, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi conducted a virtual training for the Judicial Council of California on the harm of removal.
March 21, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi participated in a judicial training coordinated by Hon. Cathy Serrette entitled “Cultural Considerations in Family Law,” with Maria Nenutzka Villamar, Dr. Denise McCain, and Nolanda Kirby.
March 10, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi presented her paper “The Adoption and Safe Families Act Should Not Be Salvaged: The Case for Repeal” at the Poverty Law Conference at University of California Berkeley School of Law.
March 7, 2023 – CFCC Faculty Director Shanta Trivedi participated in a discussion of Daniel L. Hatcher’s book Injustice, Inc.: How America’s Justice System Commodifies Children and the Poor ” (University of California Press), at Red Emma’s in Baltimore. The C-Span video of that event is available here .
February 9, 2023 – Rebecca Stahl presented the training “Trauma-Informed Practices for Legal Professionals” at the Pro Bono Resource Center in Baltimore.
February 7, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi moderated a webinar for the UB Law in Focus Series, “ Is the Indian Child Welfare Act Unconstitutional?”
January 27, 2023 – CFCC Executive Director Rebecca Stahl presented the webinar “Vicarious Trauma and Judges’ Self Care” at the Administrative Office of the Courts.
January 20, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi presented her paper “How Asking for Help Harms Survivors” at the Centering Family Violence Roundtable at the University of Virginia School of Law.
January 17, 2023 – CFCC and the Center for Criminal Justice Reform co-hosted a discussion of Kristin Henning’s new book The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth. Henning is the Blume Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown Law.
January 12, 2023 – Shanta Trivedi conducted a custody training for the Office of the Public Defender, Parent Defense Division.
December 8, 2022 – Shanta Trivedi presented “The Harm of Child Removal” The Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 4th DCA Region (Florida by Zoom).
December 7, 2022 – Shanta Trivedi presented “The Constitution Applies to Child Welfare,” at the Children’s Law Center (DC)
November 15, 2022 – CFCC hosted “Childhood Poverty is Not Just a Moral Failure; it’s a Policy Choice,” with the Maryland Child Alliance, featuring presentations by Nate Golden, Aubrey Edwards-Luce, and Windy Davis.
November 30, 2022 – Shanta Trivedi conducted a Custody Know Your Rights training at Out for Justice in Baltimore.
October 3–6, 2022 – Shanta Trivedi, Shereen A. White, and Shakira Paige presented "The Harm of Child Removal," at the 2022 Kempe International Virtual Conference.
September 29, 2022 – The CFCC Symposium focused on Protecting Family Integrity. Recordings are now available on the University of Baltimore School of Law’s YouTube Channel . For more information on the 2023 Symposium, visit the event page .