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News

  • September 2016- The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) announces Family Law Writing Competition

    The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, in cooperation with the editorial staff of the Family Court Review (FCR), have announced the eighth annual Family Law Writing Competition.  The Editor-in-Chief of FCR, CFCC’s Founder and Director Professor Barbara Babb, encourages all interested University of Baltimore School of Law students to submit an entry to the competition.  Please view the flyer for more information including entry requirements and prizes.  

  • September 2016- CFCC welcomes 10 Student Fellows for Fall 2016

    CFCC welcomes ten new second- and third-year University of Baltimore School of Law students to the Fall 2016 CFCC Student Fellows Program!  Throughout the semester, the Student Fellows will support the operation of CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) in Baltimore City Public Schools; research issues around substance abuse, addiction, attendance, and education; and work with the TCP Attorney and the TCP Social Worker to compile a policy piece on the criminalization of poverty.  Please see the Student Fellows Bios  to learn more about this year's Student Fellows, and stay tuned to read their blogs.    

  • August 2016- CFCC has published the 17th issue of its Unified Family Court Connection newsletter.  

    CFCC has published the 17th issue of its Unified Family Court Connection newsletter.  This issue focuses on issues raised at CFCC’s 8th annual Urban Child Symposium, “The Education of the Urban Child.”  The newsletter includes the following articles:

    • “Restorative Approach Helps Identify the Root Causes of Student Behavior” by Karen E. Webber, J.D.
    • “Reflecting on the History of School Discipline and the Juvenile Justice System” by Jenny L. Egan, J.D.
    • “A Law School’s Truancy Court Program Reroutes the School-to-Prison Pipeline” by Michele Hong-Polansky, J.D.
    • “Youth with Disabilities Face Major Barrier to School Attendance” by Pat Halle

    For a paper copy of the newsletter or to be added to CFCC’s mailing list, please contact cfcc@ubalt.edu

  • August 2016- CFCC’s Fall 2016 Truancy Court Program (TCP) begins in four Baltimore City Public Schools

    CFCC has selected four Baltimore City Public Schools where it will operate its Truancy Court Program (TCP) for the 2016-2017 school year: Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary Middle School, Digital Harbor High School, Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle, and Highlandtown Elementary/Middle.  We are excited to work with these schools to identify the barriers to school attendance and to help find solutions to those barriers.

  • July 18, 2016 – The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund awards grant to CFCC’s Truancy Court Program

    CFCC has received a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund to help support the operation of its Truancy Court Program in four Baltimore City schools. CFCC sincerely appreciates the Krieger Fund’s commitment to the TCP and to Baltimore’s students and their families.

  • July 7, 2016 – CFCC’s Truancy Court Program receives grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention

    CFCC has received a grant in the amount of $274,775 from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) to help support the operation of its Truancy Court Program (TCP) in several Baltimore City schools. CFCC sincerely appreciates GOCCP’s commitment to the TCP and to Baltimore’s students and their families.

  • July 7, 2016 - CFCC’s Article Published by The National Center for State Courts

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has published “Maryland’s Family Divisions Are a Model for Change,” an article on Maryland’s Family Divisions by Professor Barbara Babb, CFCC’s Founder and Director, Gloria Danziger, CFCC Senior Fellow, and Michele Hong-Polonsky, CFCC Program Specialist. The article, published in NCSC’s 2016 Trends in State Courts, explains how the creation of the Family Divisions in 1998 has changed the ways in which Maryland professionals handle family law cases.

  • June 21, 2016 - CFCC's Truancy Court Program Receives Grant from Administrative Office of the Courts

    The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Department of Family Administration has awarded CFCC a grant of $117,025 to help support its Truancy Court Program.  This is the ninth consecutive year that the AOC has provided funding to CFCC, and we thank them for their continued and generous support.​

  • May 2016- CFCC awarded three grants.

    The University of Baltimore School of Law Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts recently received three grants totaling more than $132,000 for its Truancy Court Program (TCP), including a grant to support the TCP Attorney from the Maryland Judiciary’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • April 13, 2016 – Brittany Strickland receives Cheryl Lynn Hepfer Family Law Award.

    At University of Baltimore School of Law’s 2016 Awards Ceremony, Professor Barbara Babb, CFCC’s founder and director, presented Brittany Strickland with the second Cheryl Lynn Hepfer Family Law Award, endowed by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and established through CFCC. Ms. Strickland is a third year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law and a former CFCC Student Fellow who participated in CFCC's Truancy Court Program. In addition to the $1000 award, she also will be acknowledged and introduced at the Fall meeting of AAML’s Maryland Chapter.

  • April 1, 2016 – CFCC advocates in support of a Task Force to Combat Habitual Truancy.

    CFCC submitted a letter to the Maryland legislature’s House Ways and Means Committee in support of House Bill 429, a bill to create a Task Force to Combat Habitual Truancy. The Task Force would study the effectiveness of the State’s truancy programs and make recommendations on how best to combat habitual truancy.

  • March 23, 2016 – Spring 2016 State Farm Good Neighbors workshops focus on financial literacy.

    CFCC sponsored three financial literacy workshops this Spring in conjunction with its Truancy Court Program.  The workshops were supported by a $15,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. CFCC Student Fellows (second- and third-year University of Baltimore law students enrolled in CFCC’s Student Fellows Program) developed workshop content for high school students in partnership with State Farm. Workshops in the series focused on financial literacy skills and included a presentation by State Farm agent David Rosario on money management and the logistics of opening savings accounts. The students also learned about making wise financial decisions and saving money through a “Game of Life” and “Money Jeopardy” developed by CFCC Student Fellow Amanda Odorimah.  She also helped them prepare to enter the workforce by practicing interview skills and learning about entrepreneurship.

  • March 16, 2016 – CFCC Truancy Court Program teaches mediation skills to Baltimore City Public School students.

    Brittany Strickland and MaKayla Hannington, former CFCC Student Fellows (second- and third-year University of Baltimore law students enrolled in CFCC’s Student Fellows Program), gave CFCC’s Truancy Court Program students at Baltimore’s New Era Academy a special workshop on mediation as part of their work as Student Attorneys in UB’s Mediation Clinic for Families.. After explaining the mediation process, Brittany and MaKayla engaged the students in a mock mediation on issues relevant to the conflicts and relationship issues that the students have in their everyday lives.

  • February 16, 2016 – Professor Barbara Babb named editor-in-chief of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Family Court Review.

    The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) has announced that Professor Barbara A. Babb, CFCC’s Director and Founder, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Family Court Review. Published by AFCC in cooperation with the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra University School of Law, the quarterly Family Court Review is the leading interdisciplinary academic and research journal for family law professionals. Professor Babb has served on the Review’s Editorial Board since 1999, has written numerous articles published in the Review, and has guest-edited three special issues. She has also chaired the AFCC Court Services Task Force. She said, “I am honored that the AFCC Board of Directors selected me for this position. I hope to continue the excellent standards of this very important and highly regarded publication.” AFCC is the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC members are the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family law arena.

  • December 2015 - CFCC’s Truancy Court Program Receives $47,025 grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Department of Family Administration

  • CFCC has received $47,025 from the Maryland Judiciary’s Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration to support the operation of our Truancy Court Program (TCP). This funding supplements $70,000 awarded earlier in the year, bringing the Department of Family Administration’s total support of the TCP to $117,025 for this fiscal year. We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Maryland Judiciary, whose funding of our Truancy Court Program began in 2008.

  • December 2015 - CFCC’s Truancy Court Program Receives $25,000 grant from Open Society Institute—Baltimore

    CFCC has received a $25,000 grant from Open Society Institute—Baltimore to support the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP). We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with OSI-Baltimore, with whom we have worked closely for many years on attendance issues. The TCP has increased the number of schools where it operates the TCP this year in response to its success with students at the ninth grade level. 

  • December 2015 - CFCC Receives $60,000 grant from the Charles Crane Family Foundation

    CFCC has received $60,000 from the Charles Crane Family Foundation to support the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP) in several Baltimore City Public Schools for the 2016–2017 academic year. We are proud to have continuing annual support from the Crane Foundation, which was the first funder of TCP in 2004 and has been a consistent funder since that time. 

  • December 2015 - CFCC Partners with Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

    CFCC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), which will enable CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) to focus on DJS-involved youth who participate in the TCP. We are proud to partner with DJS Secretary Sam Abed and his Chief of Staff, Jay Cleary, a 2002 University of Baltimore School of Law graduate.

  • October 5, 2015- 2015-2016 Truancy Court Program (TCP) Underway

    CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP) is working with four public schools in Baltimore City and one high school in Anne Arundel County for the 2015-2016 school year. This year's schools are Henderson Hopkins Elementary/Middle School, Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law, Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology, New Era Academy in Baltimore City, and North County High School in Anne Arundel County. CFCC's TCP is in great demand by school principals, and the selection process is very competitive. Twenty to thirty schools apply for the grant-funded TCP each year. Learn more about CFCC's Truancy Court Program

  • September 22, 2015- Montgomery County Truancy Prevention Program Has Roots at CFCC's Truancy Court Program 

    Former CFCC Student Fellow and Truancy Court Program (TCP) Volunteer Rexanah Wyse coordinates a Truancy Prevention Program (TPP) in twelve Montgomery County public schools. CFCC operated a Truancy Court Program (TCP) in Montgomery County from 2009 until 2012 after receiving a US Department of Justice grant to develop and implement TCPs in three counties and in Baltimore City. Since then, the Montgomery County Council has provided funding for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office to operate the Truancy Prevention Program (TPP), which is based on the TCP. Learn more about CFCC's Truancy Court Program. 

  • September 1, 2015- CFCC Welcomes 14 Student Fellows for Fall 2015

    CFCC faculty and staff have welcomed fourteen second- and third-year School of Law students enrolled in the Fall 2015 CFCC Student Fellows Program. CFCC Student Fellows participate in a weekly seminar, visit innovative family justice system programs, and are involved in one of CFCC's many projects. This year's fellows represent a wide range of experience, interest, and expertise. Learn more about this year's Student Fellows. Read their insights and learn about their experiences through CFCC's blog

  • August 14, 2015- Center for Families, Children and the Courts Info Session

    As part of the School of Law’s orientation week, CFCC will host an informational session to explain volunteer opportunities in its Truancy Court Program and other CFCC initiatives. The session will take place in Room 544. If you would like more information or to RSVP, please contact Spencer Hall at shall2@ubalt.edu.

  • August 6, 2015- 2015-2016 Truancy Court Program (TCP) Volunteer Judges Named

    Volunteer judges for the 2015-2016 TCP include: Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Charles Peters, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth, Baltimore City Circuit Court Magistrates Kristin Peacock and Joyce Mitchell (ret.), and Baltimore City Assistant Public Defender Mark Friedenthal. The TCP capitalizes on the credibility and authority of our distinguished volunteer judges to create strong bonds between truant students and the TCP judges in order to identify and address the root causes of truancy. 

  • August 19, 2015- CFCC Student Fellows Program I Meeting

    The first seminar of the Fall 2015 CFCC Student Fellows Program takes place in Room 607 of the Angelos Law building. CFCC faculty and staff look forward to welcoming the 2015-2016 Student Fellows.

  • June, 2015- CFCC introduces "Trails Over Truancy" program to the Truancy Court Program (TCP)

    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.

  • June, 2015- The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund awards grant to CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP)

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund has provided support for CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP). The Krieger Fund awarded $15,000 to CFCC to continue operating the TCP in the 2015–2016 school year. Gifts from the Krieger Fund have helped CFCC to operate the TCP at the Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School from 2012–2014, Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School in 2014–2015, and Henderson Hopkins Elementary/Middle School in 2015–2016. The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund supports programs that enhance individual and community potential.

  • June, 2015- The Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) funds CFCC's Truancy Court Program (TCP)

    For the eighth consecutive year, the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has provided funding for CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP). The $70,000 grant assists with the development and implementation of the TCP in Baltimore City at the Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law, New Era Academy, Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology and Henderson Hopkins Elementary/Middle School. The grant also helps support the operation of the TCP at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. The AOC has consistently appreciated the preventive power of the TCP to keep children out of the juvenile and child welfare systems and to keep parents out of the criminal justice system due to truancy.

  • June, 2015 - CFCC Director Barbara Babb receives the 2015 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award

    The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) bestowed the 2015 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award on Professor Barbara Babb, director of the University of Baltimore School of Law Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC), during their 52nd Annual Conference. The award recognizes outstanding research and achievements in family law. AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association with more than 5,000 members. The award, named after one of AFCC's founders, recognizes outstanding research and achievements in family law. In his introduction of Professor Babb, AFCC Oregon Chapter Leader William Howe III noted her nationally- and internationally-recognized scholarship and activism to improve the family justice system, primarily through the creation of unified family courts.

  • May 27-30, 2015 - CFCC presents at 52nd annual Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) annual conference. 

    CFCC Director, Professor Barbara A. Babb, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Cathy Serrette, and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented a workshop titled "Unified Family Courts: The Door to One-Stop Shopping for Children and Families" at AFCC's annual conference, "Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes." The workshop focused on how Unified Family Courts efficiently and effectively address the needs of families and children in court.
  • April 1, 2015– CFCC hosts seventh annual Urban Child Symposium.

    Over 200 people attended "Violence and the Urban Child: What Can We Do?" The symposium was hosted by CFCC at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Speakers 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.
  • March, 2015– CFCC awarded the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation Grant.

    The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation has awarded CFCC a $50,000 Special Projects grant to assist in the operation of the Truancy Court Program (TCP) at North County High School in Anne Arundel County and the Reginald F. Lewis High School of Business and Law in Baltimore City during the 2015–2016 school year. The vision of the Ohio-based O’Neill Family Foundation is for strong communities where families thrive.
  • January 2015 – CFCC published A Comprehensive Approach to Truancy for Baltimore City: A Roundtable Discussion, by Professor Barbara A. Babb and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger.

    CFCC has published A Comprehensive Approach to Truancy for Baltimore City: A Roundtable Discussion . The report is based on two roundtable meetings convened by CFCC that brought together city officials, school leaders, private and public agency heads, and other stakeholders in the education of Baltimore city’s youth. The report provides recommendations to address the widespread truancy in Baltimore and other cities where school attendance is a critical issue. It describes a collaborative citywide approach that encourages the development of best practices and offers a continuum of interventions for students who are missing school.

Upcoming Events

  • October 6, 2016- AFCC MD Chapter’s 2nd Annual Chapter Meeting and Educational Seminar

    CFCC will co-host the Maryland Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts' 2nd Annual Chapter Meeting and Educational Seminar on October 6, 2016, at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  The event, “There’s Gotta Be Another Way," will take place in the Moot Court Room from 10:30AM to 4:30PM and will explore meaningful alternatives to costly and protracted custody litigation and custody evaluations, among other issues.  For more information and to register, please see the flyer

  • December 2016 – In collaboration with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), CFCC will hold two trainings for professionals who work with families and children.

    • December 5-6, 2016: “Alcohol and Other Drugs: It’s A Family Affair,” with Judge Peggy Fulton Hora and Steve Hanson.  This is a two-day training program for parenting coordinators, mediators, lawyers, judges, therapists, parent educators, and other family law professionals. 

    • December 7-8, 2016: “Managing Intractable Issues in Child Custody Disputes,” with Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP.  This two-day training program is for parenting coordinators, mediators, lawyers, judges, therapists, parent educators, and other professionals who work with high conflict families. 

    All events will be held in the Student Center at the University of Baltimore from 8:30AM-4:00PM.  For more information pertaining to the AFCC/CFCC Trainings please view the Training Brochure.

 

Recent Events

  • July & August 2016- CFCC presented workshops for the UMBC Choice Program focused on truancy.  

    CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) presented a series of five workshops for the University of Maryland- Baltimore County (UMBC) Choice Program in July and August.  The workshops trained Choice mentors about effective ways to address the reasons why students are truant.  The UMBC Choice Program provides family-focused strategies and mentoring services to youth in order to promote positive life choices and expand their opportunities.  

  • July 2016 – CFCC faculty gave presentation at National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Meeting.

    CFCC Founder and Director Professor Barbara Babb and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented a workshop on CFCC’s Truancy Court Program at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Conference, July 17-20, 2016, in Monterey, California. The July 18 workshop explained how the judiciary and law schools can partner with public schools to develop and implement a truancy prevention program that operates according to holistic, therapeutic, and non-adversarial principles.

  • June 2, 2016 – CFCC faculty give presentation at Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference.

    CFCC Founder and Director Professor Barbara Babb, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Cathy Serrette and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented a workshop on “Substance Abuse and Addiction in Family Courts: What Judges, Lawyers and Court Personnel Should Know” at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference, June 1-4, 2016, in Seattle. The June 2 workshop discussed the components of a family-focused perspective of addiction, adolescent substance abuse and how it differs from adult drug use, the underlying addiction issues that often affect separating and divorcing families, and the family court’s response to addiction issues.

  • May 25, 2016 – TCP Principals’ Workshop 

    CFCC held its annual Truancy Court Program (TCP) Principals’ Workshop on Wednesday, May 25. The workshop, “A Truancy Court Program for Baltimore City: Positive Results for Children, Families, Schools and Communities,” provided information about the TCP, changes planned for the 2016–2017 school year, and the process to apply for the TCP. 

  • May 2016 – CFCC faculty gave presentation at Association of American Law Schools Clinical Conference.

    CFCC Founder and Director Professor Barbara Babb and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented “A Law School’s Truancy Court Program: Re-routing the School-to-Prison Pipeline” at the 2016 Conference on Clinical Legal Education on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Baltimore. The Honorable Yvette Bryant, Judge-in-Charge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court Family Division, and Moshe Berry, a school social worker, also presented. Panelists explained the genesis of CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) and highlighted the impact of participation in the TCP on University of Baltimore law students.

  • April 2016 Eighth annual Urban Child Symposium focused on “The Education of the Urban Child.”

    Over 200 people attended the University of Baltimore School of Law Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) eighth annual Urban Child Symposium, “The Education of the Urban Child,” on April 7, 2016. Speakers focused on issues relating to educational inequality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and students with special needs. Keynote speaker, James Cole, Jr., General Counsel, Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, spoke about President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. For more detail, visit the event page. 

  • February 17, 2016 – CFCC judges’ luncheon honors and celebrates volunteers who serve as Truancy Court Program Judges.

    CFCC hosted a Truancy Court Program Judges’ luncheon on February 17, 2016, to honor and celebrate Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County District and Circuit Court Judges who volunteer to serve as TCP Judges. CFCC faculty,TCP staff, and guests from the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration, listened as the judges provided their insights into the TCP’s mission and operations.

  • February 2016 - Professor Barbara Babb was keynote speaker at the California Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference.

    Professor Barbara Babb, CFCC’s Director, was the keynote speaker at the California Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference, “Lighting the Path for Family Reorganization: Contemporary Challenges and Innovative Solutions,” on February 19, 2016. Her presentation, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Unified Family Courts: A Bright Light for Family Reorganization,” focused on her work regarding an interdisciplinary framework for the creation of unified family courts.

  • November-December 2015 – In collaboration with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), CFCC held two trainings for professionals who work with families and children.

    November 30-December 1, 2015 – “Construction of an Effective Parenting Coordination Process: Structure, Tools and Techniques,” with Debra K. Carter, PhD. This two-day training program was for parenting coordinators, mediators, lawyers, judges, therapists, parent educators, and other professionals who work with high conflict families.

    December 2-3 – “Complex Issues in Family Law and Child Custody” with Philip M. Stahl, PhD, ABPP. This two-day training program was for child custody evaluators and legal professionals who work in child custody litigation and mediation.

    Both events were held at the University of Baltimore Student Center, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on all four days. View the PDF of the Training Brochure (PDF) for more information on these recent AFCC/CFCC trainings. View the event video.

  • November 2015 –State Farm Insurance Good Neighbor Citizenship Program on Financial Literacy Workshops for Truancy Court Programs Schools

    CFCC sponsored six workshops this Fall which were supported by a $15,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant. CFCC Student Fellows (second- and third-year University of Baltimore law students enrolled in CFCC’s Student Fellows Program) developed workshop content for both parents and students in partnership with State Farm. The first workshops in the series, on November 2 and 4, focused on financial literacy skills and included presentations by State Farm agents David Rosario, John Buggs and Tom Benisch. The second workshops, November 9 and 11, provided students with information about opportunities for higher education and parents with information about how to help their children afford college. The third workshops, November 16 and 18, focused on job skills and the college admissions process.

  • October 23, 2015 – CFCC Co-Hosted “Family Transitions: Issues, Solution and Policies” Conference.

    CFCC co-hosted an interdisciplinary conference on October 23, 2015, to address issues affecting separating and divorcing families. Several hundred judges, lawyers, services providers, and other professionals attended the “Family Transitions: Issues, Solutions and Policies Conference,” which consisted of five panels of experts from a wide range of disciplines. Panelists spoke about challenges, solutions, and policies relevant to separating and divorcing families and their children. In addition, Dr. Robert Emery, a nationally recognized expert on children and divorce, and Delegate Katherine Dumais, Vice-Chair of the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciary Committee, provided keynote remarks. The conference was designed to launch a statewide conversation about the ways in which courts, policymakers, and services providers can better serve families in transition. 

  • June 1, 2015 – CFCC hosted “Maryland's Family Justice System: a Symposium.”

    CFCC collaborated with the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to present "Maryland’s Family Justice System: a Symposium" on June 1, 2015, at the University of Baltimore School of Law. 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 for moving forward to address critical issues affecting families and children in family court.

  • May 27-30, 2015 – CFCC faculty gave presentation at Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 52nd Annual Conference.

    Professor Barbara A. Babb, CFCC’s director, Maryland Circuit Court Judge Cathy Serrette, and CFCC Senior Fellow Gloria Danziger presented "Unified Family Courts: The Door to One-Stop Shopping for Children and Families" at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) annual conference, “Children in the Court System: Different Doors, Different Responses, Different Outcomes.” The workshop focused on how unified family courts efficiently and effectively address the needs of families and children in court. 

  • April 1, 2015 - Seventh Annual Urban Child Symposium, Violence and the Urban Child: Protecting and Saving Our Children

    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.

Press

  • May 11, 2016 – OSI- Baltimore’s Baltimore Justice Report features an article from CFCC’s most recent Unified Family Court Connection newsletter. 

    The Baltimore Justice Report, published by Open Society Institute-Baltimore, reports on an article in CFCC’s Unified Family Court Connection newsletter by Tara Huffman, director of OSI’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program. Ms. Huffman outlines four non-violent ways in which adults can respond to youth who suffer from physical, mental, and emotional trauma.

  • May 2, 2016  - Professor Barbara Babb profiled in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts online newsletter.

    Professor Barbara Babb, CFCC’s Founder and Director, is profiled in the latest Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) online newsletter. Professor Babb is the new editor-in-chief of AFCC’s quarterly journal, Family Court Review (FCR), which is the leading interdisciplinary academic and research journal for family law professionals. If you are interested to write an article for FCR or edit a special issue, please contact Professor Babb at bbabb@ubalt.edu.

  •   April 27, 2016 – Truancy Court Program highlighted in OSI-Baltimore’s Baltimore Justice Report .

    CFCC’s Truancy Court Program (TCP) is highlighted in today’s Open Society Institute-Baltimore’s Baltimore Justice Report. Karen Webber, director of OSI’s Education and Youth Development Program, comments on the way in which the TCP, an OSI grantee, develops a deep rapport with participating students that enables theTCP team to identify and address the complex reasons why students are missing school.

  • April 21, 2016 Urban Child Symposium keynote featured on U.S. Department of Education’s YouTube channel.

    James Cole, Jr., General Counsel, Delegated Duties of Deputy Secretary, at the U.S. Department of Education, tweeted a link to his keynote address at CFCC’s eighth annual Urban Child Symposium. Mr. Cole discussed the educational inequalities and disparities faced by urban youth.

  •   April 14, 2016 – Urban Child Symposium highlighted in Open Society Institute-Baltimore blog

    Karen Webber, Director of the Education and Youth Development Program at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, blogged about CFCC’s Urban Child Symposium (UCS) and other recent education conferences, singling out the UCS as “a staple among educators, researchers and others for convening practitioners in the area on foundational topics facing Baltimore City children."

  • The CFCC/National Family Resiliency Center co-sponsored conference, "Families in Transition," was highlighted in a feature article on children's needs beyond the courtroom in the Daily Record’s Maryland Family Law Update. Read the article.

  • 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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