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Supporting Children & Families

Education, therapy, and extended need services for children and families.

At the center of every community is the family unit. Whether it’s support for single mothers, building families through adoption services, education, or immediate intervention to keep a family safe at home, we believe in protecting and serving families for the betterment of our community.

  • 128 families were assisted with international adoptions in FY18.

  • 264 families were assisted with family kinship caregiver support.

  • 63 children were assisted through Treatment Foster Care in FY18.

Programs

  • Anna's House provides four transitional living spaces to the broad array of homeless services it provides today including emergency shelter, transitional housing for families…

    Anna’s House

    Anna's House provides four transitional living spaces to the broad array of homeless services it provides today including emergency shelter, transitional housing for families fleeing domestic violence, community supportive housing and rapid re-housing. Anna’s House provides supportive services where each woman begins to take charge of her life and recognizes her own capabilities and self-worth. Our goal is to provide personalized assistance and encouragement to each client as she moved toward self-sufficiency.

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  • We provide comprehensive community-based services for children in mental health crisis. BCARS provides brief and intensive community-based services for children in psychiatric crisis to…

    Baltimore Child & Adolescent Response System (BCARS)

    We provide comprehensive community-based services for children in mental health crisis. BCARS provides brief and intensive community-based services for children in psychiatric crisis to divert or shorten in-patient hospitalization and to link clients to community providers that will serve them for ongoing care.

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  • Carroll County Head Start and Early Head Start is MSDE Accredited. We are a federally funded program for prenatal through pre-school children from low-income…

    Carroll County Head Start

    Carroll County Head Start and Early Head Start is MSDE Accredited. We are a federally funded program for prenatal through pre-school children from low-income families. We are focused on providing children with experiences that help them grow mentally, emotionally, socially and physically and are geared to provide families with resources that make them strong, independent and successful.

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  • Start a career in compassionate caregiving with meaningful support. Become a CNA/GNA in weeks, and lay a foundation for LPN or RN! You must…

    Compassionate Caregivers

    Start a career in compassionate caregiving with meaningful support. Become a CNA/GNA in weeks, and lay a foundation for LPN or RN! You must live in Baltimore City, be 18 or older, and meet some COVID-related impact conditions to qualify. In partnership with the Mayor's Office of Employment and Development (OED)

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  • This program provides behavioral consultation, mental health referral, and treatment services to children and families participating in Head Start and Early Head Start in…

    Early Childhood Mental Health Screening

    This program provides behavioral consultation, mental health referral, and treatment services to children and families participating in Head Start and Early Head Start in Baltimore City, Harford, or Carroll County.

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  • Earn Benefits helps low-income individuals receive immediate assistance to meet their basic needs by screening them through a computer program to determine whether they…

    Earn Benefits

    Earn Benefits helps low-income individuals receive immediate assistance to meet their basic needs by screening them through a computer program to determine whether they are eligible for a wide array of public benefit programs and helping them apply for benefits for which they may be eligible. The program is available at a number of our program sites as well as parishes.

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  • Elevate is designed to help students stay in college and stay on track for graduation with a personalized path to graduation. Elevate can help…

    Elevate

    Elevate is designed to help students stay in college and stay on track for graduation with a personalized path to graduation. Elevate can help you overcome obstacles outside of the classroom that could make it challenging to stay enrolled and graduate. Elevate is designed to work in tandem with our mission to end generational poverty.

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  • Since 1963, immigrants from all over the world have trusted the center to help them navigate life in a new country. Our dedicated staff…

    Esperanza Center

    Since 1963, immigrants from all over the world have trusted the center to help them navigate life in a new country. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide services related to education, health care, immigration legal matters, family reunification, anti-trafficking, and general community support to thousands of immigrants each year.

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  • The research has been clear that family involvement, family action, family investment, and families who care produce positive outcomes for children in the field…

    Family Support Groups

    The research has been clear that family involvement, family action, family investment, and families who care produce positive outcomes for children in the field of mental health. Families can attend support group sessions together, and have a shared experience in a non-judgemental, supportive environment.

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  • Gallagher Services supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living the life of their choice. They are supported in living, working and being…

    Gallagher Respite Care

    Gallagher Services supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in living the life of their choice. They are supported in living, working and being involved in the community as independently as possible. The Cornerstones of the program are Person-Centered Planning and the mission and values of Catholic Charities.

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  • Our Early Head Start and Family Center serves pregnant women, parents, and children under three from low-income families. Our teachers provide loving care and…

    Harford County Early Head Start

    Our Early Head Start and Family Center serves pregnant women, parents, and children under three from low-income families. Our teachers provide loving care and guidance through a planned curriculum that incorporates hands-on experiences for parents to nurture their children. We offer parents GED, parenting, and computer literacy classes, peer support groups, and employment training.

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  • Launched in 1965, Head Start is a nationwide, federally funded program that provides a comprehensive range of early childhood development and intervention services for…

    Head Start of Baltimore City

    Launched in 1965, Head Start is a nationwide, federally funded program that provides a comprehensive range of early childhood development and intervention services for pre-school children and their families. Head Start primarily provides services for children from low-income families and children with disabilities. Catholic Charities’ Head Start programs serve over 800 children and 700 families in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

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  • Catholic Charities’ programs nurture and respect the individual strengths and areas for growth in each child and family served. An emphasis is placed on…

    Head Start Programs

    Catholic Charities’ programs nurture and respect the individual strengths and areas for growth in each child and family served. An emphasis is placed on engaging parents in all aspects of the program and helping them to realize their full potential in order to enhance the long-term benefits of the program. Strong, supportive relationships and extensive community partnerships have been established to support families’ goal attainment.

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  • Catholic Charities’ In-Home Intervention in Baltimore County focuses on diversion from hospitalization. The targeted population includes children, adolescents and Transitional Age Youth (ages 18-26)…

    In-Home Intervention Program

    Catholic Charities’ In-Home Intervention in Baltimore County focuses on diversion from hospitalization. The targeted population includes children, adolescents and Transitional Age Youth (ages 18-26) in the Baltimore County catchment area. The Program is an intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) that provides home-based wrap-around behavioral modification support service to families who care for children and adolescents with mental health and behavior-related issues.

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  • Mentors take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship. They build the relationship by planning and participating in activities…

    Level Up

    Mentors take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship. They build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together. And they build self-esteem and motivation

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  • We strive to provide a timely, quality comprehensive evaluation of mental and emotional health of all referred individuals. Through assessing all individuals strengths and…

    Mental Health Assessment Team

    We strive to provide a timely, quality comprehensive evaluation of mental and emotional health of all referred individuals. Through assessing all individuals strengths and needs using various tools, we can provide a comprehensive diagnosis based upon the criteria of the DSM-5. We strive to provide timely recommendations to the Baltimore City DSS worker to improve the mental health care of children in care.

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  • The services, which include extensive workshops, center on the 8 realms of wellness: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social wellness. More…

    My Sister’s Place

    The services, which include extensive workshops, center on the 8 realms of wellness: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and social wellness. More than just a meal program, My Sister’s Place Women’s Center provides a safe haven for women in Baltimore City, a place to receive love and support as they work to overcome their barriers.

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  • Because of the array of services we offer, the parents in our families are able to secure employment and the children make successful progress…

    Project Fresh Start

    Because of the array of services we offer, the parents in our families are able to secure employment and the children make successful progress in the Baltimore City Schools. We help build families that will succeed across the generations.

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  • Project Promise offers permanent individual housing for homeless men, women and families with disabilities. Regular case management sessions are provided to monitor each participant’s…

    Project Promise

    Project Promise offers permanent individual housing for homeless men, women and families with disabilities. Regular case management sessions are provided to monitor each participant’s progress toward independence. During sessions, the Case Manager and the participant review the participant’s adherence to: budgeting & managing expenses, time management, conflict resolution, employment goals, goals for obtaining education, addiction counseling and/or treatment for mental and physical health.

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  • The Safe Start Program is an assessment and intervention program for families with children ages 2-11 in Harford County that provides behavioral management techniques,…

    Safe Start

    The Safe Start Program is an assessment and intervention program for families with children ages 2-11 in Harford County that provides behavioral management techniques, stress management, problem-solving, budgeting, communication, and organization skills. The 90- to 120-day program focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect by providing a continuum of services that support and strengthen families through screenings, referrals, and intervention services either in the family home or in the community. Prior to discharge, wrap-around services can be arranged with various agencies in Harford County depending upon what services are still needed.

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  • Violence interrupters connect with high-risk individuals to defuse potentially violent situations, and link community youth with services, working within targeted neighborhoods with historically high…

    Safe Streets Baltimore Brooklyn-Curtis Bay

    Violence interrupters connect with high-risk individuals to defuse potentially violent situations, and link community youth with services, working within targeted neighborhoods with historically high levels of gun violence. By linking individuals and their families with educational opportunities, employment training and assistance, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and other crucial services, Safe Streets helps to provide young people with alternatives to a life of crime and violence.

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  • Violence interrupters connect with high-risk individuals to defuse potentially violent situations, and link community youth with services, working within targeted neighborhoods with historically high…

    Safe Streets Baltimore Sandtown-Winchester

    Violence interrupters connect with high-risk individuals to defuse potentially violent situations, and link community youth with services, working within targeted neighborhoods with historically high levels of gun violence. By linking individuals and their families with educational opportunities, employment training and assistance, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and other crucial services, Safe Streets helps to provide young people with alternatives to a life of crime and violence.

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  • We provide clients in Baltimore City with direct financial assistance to help with rent and traveler’s assistance so they are better able to attain…

    Samaritan Center

    We provide clients in Baltimore City with direct financial assistance to help with rent and traveler’s assistance so they are better able to attain financial stability.

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  • Sarah’s House is a supportive housing program offering emergency shelter and project-based supportive housing with an array of other services for families experiencing homelessness…

    Sarah’s House

    Sarah’s House is a supportive housing program offering emergency shelter and project-based supportive housing with an array of other services for families experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County.

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  • St. Vincent’s Villa is comprised of two residential programs: A 90-day Diagnostic, Evaluation, and Treatment Program, licensed by the Maryland Department of Human Services,…

    St. Vincent’s Villa

    St. Vincent’s Villa is comprised of two residential programs: A 90-day Diagnostic, Evaluation, and Treatment Program, licensed by the Maryland Department of Human Services, and A Residential Treatment Center, licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Our schools are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Our diagnostic school at St. Vincent’s Villa is licensed by the Department of Human Resources and approved as a Type III school by MSDE.

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  • St. Vincent’s Villa offers residential treatment and diagnostic services for children ages 5-13 with significant emotional and behavioral challenges in a state-of-the-art facility. We…

    St. Vincent’s Villa Home-Based Treatment

    St. Vincent’s Villa offers residential treatment and diagnostic services for children ages 5-13 with significant emotional and behavioral challenges in a state-of-the-art facility. We serve children in Maryland. The goal is to move the children back to the community as soon as they are ready with all the necessary supports and services to ensure long-term success. The home-based RTC program is designed to reduce lengths of stay in higher end care, expand community resource integration, preserve family connectedness and achieve more positive long-term outcomes for children and families.

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  • Our Therapeutic After School Programs provide structured, therapeutic activities two afternoons per week at two different locations in Baltimore County. The program is open…

    Therapeutic After School Programs

    Our Therapeutic After School Programs provide structured, therapeutic activities two afternoons per week at two different locations in Baltimore County. The program is open to children ages 5-13 who have moderate to severe behavioral and emotional problems. Medical assistance is accepted.

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  • These services include individual counseling, family counseling, psychiatric evaluation, social and coping skill development, addiction counseling and treatment, and medication management. Our programs help…

    Villa Maria Community Resources: Behavioral Health Clinic

    These services include individual counseling, family counseling, psychiatric evaluation, social and coping skill development, addiction counseling and treatment, and medication management. Our programs help to promote an individual’s independence and recovery by learning to enhance their daily living activities, socialization, and community living skills using a strength-based and client-centered perspective. Proud member of Maryland Behavioral Health Solutions (MBHA)

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  • Through planned time with a mental health professional, Catholic Charities Home-Based Respite Program provides a temporary break for parents, guardians or caregivers from the…

    Villa Maria Community Resources: Home-Based Respite Program

    Through planned time with a mental health professional, Catholic Charities Home-Based Respite Program provides a temporary break for parents, guardians or caregivers from the demands associated with caring for children and adolescents who have documented mental health challenges. The identified child is matched with a caring and skilled mental health professional one-on-one who provides the child with therapeutic opportunities to enhance the child’s well-being while providing a planned break to the parents, guardians or caregivers.

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  • School can be a challenge under the best circumstances. For a child struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral issues, the challenge can seem impossible.…

    Villa Maria Community Resources: School-Based Behavioral Health Clinic

    School can be a challenge under the best circumstances. For a child struggling with mental, emotional or behavioral issues, the challenge can seem impossible. Our licensed therapists are in over 100 schools throughout Maryland ready to help young people with emotional and behavioral issues that can impact them in school and at home. Our services can help students to improve their behavior and school work habits, develop coping and relationship skills and manage anxiety and depression. We also help parents and caregivers get the support, information and guidance that leads to better communication and less stress at home.

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  • Our vibrant therapeutic and special education community is a place where children learn, grow and heal. Our dedicated teachers, paraprofessionals, and clinicians offer a host of services…

    Villa Maria School

    Our vibrant therapeutic and special education community is a place where children learn, grow and heal. Our dedicated teachers, paraprofessionals, and clinicians offer a host of services in a team environment where we strive to meet each child’s unique needs. Our highly trained staff works in full partnership with our parents, empowering them in the treatment process of their child. We make every effort to assist each child in the return to their home school or to a less intensive program as soon as is possible. Together, we help our children become better learners, understand their feelings, and change their behaviors. Our schools are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Our diagnostic school at St. Vincent’s Villa is licensed by the Department of Human Resources and approved as a Type III school by MSDE.

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