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Leadership and Advocacy Program for Parents and Caregivers – Apply Now

Beth Hess - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Parents and caregivers who are ready to be stronger advocates for their child and community are invited to apply for MCF’s 2019 Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program is available at no cost to participants, thanks to a grant by the Maryland State Department of Education. Applicants must have school-age children with mental h ..

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Congratulations to 2018 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Monday, April 23, 2018
On April 7, MCF celebrated 23 participants for completing our 14th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend experience trains parents and caregivers to become more effective leaders and advocates for children with behavioral health needs locally and at the state level. Participants came from across Maryland, including Anne Arundel,  ..

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Family Leadership Institute 2018 – Now Accepting Applications

Beth Hess - Friday, September 29, 2017
(http://www.mdcoalition.org/FLI2018)MCF is now accepting applications for our 2018 Family Leadership Institute (FLI) (http://www.mdcoalition.org/FLI2018). This 60-hour, six-weekend intensive training program is for parents and caregivers of school-age children with mental health needs. FLI participants will gain in-depth information on children’s mental health issue ..

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Southern Maryland Parents and Caregivers Connect in Their Community

Beth Hess - Monday, June 26, 2017
Congratulations to the 24 parents and caregivers who completed MCF’s Southern Maryland Family Leadership Retreat. During this two-day retreat, participants learned the importance of self-care, strategies to collaborate with schools and how to be a leader in their family and community. This retreat, the fifth of its kind hosted by MCF, also included workshops on bullying a ..

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Youth Build Confidence and Skills at Leadership Retreats

Beth Hess - Monday, June 12, 2017
During two one-day Leadership Retreats in May, 30 young people from nine Maryland counties came together to learn how to strategically share their own experiences to help others. Participants were young adults ages 19 through 29 who have lived experience in the behavioral health system. Each retreat included team-building exercises and skill-building in storytelling. A mor ..

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Congratulations to 2017 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Thursday, April 13, 2017
On April 8, MCF celebrated 22 participants for completing our 13th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend experience trains parents and caregivers to become more effective leaders and advocates for children with behavioral health needs locally and at the state level. The 22 members of the class of 2017 included caregiver ..

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Fourth Annual Retreat Builds Youth Leadership

Beth Hess - Friday, June 10, 2016
With 49 young adults in attendance, Taking Flight, in partnership with On Our Own of Maryland, hosted the 4th Annual Young Adult Leadership Retreat May 24-26 at Melwood Recreation in Nanjemoy, Maryland. This largest Retreat to date included participants from every corner of Maryland: from Hagerstown to Hollywood, Federalsburg to Frederick, and many places in between.  ..

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Congratulations to 2016 FLI Graduates

Beth Hess - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
On April 2, MCF was pleased to recognize its 12th class of Family Leadership Institute (FLI) graduates. This intensive 60-hour, six-weekend training experience is designed to train caregivers to become advocates in their communities and at the state level. The 2016 class was comprised of 25 caregivers from across the state, including grandmothers, foster parents, moms ..

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Eastern Shore Families Come Together for REACH

Beth Hess - Tuesday, December 15, 2015
On November 13 and 14, more than 120 participants, including 45 youth, from Maryland’s Eastern Shore came together at the Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel for the 7th Annual REACH Retreat. Parents and caregivers attended workshops that included “Childhood Trauma,” “Transition Planning: Navigating through the System” and “Specia ..

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MCF Hosts Connections Conference

Beth Hess - Friday, October 09, 2015
At MCF's 3rd Annual Connections Conference on September 26, more than 170 parents, caregivers, providers and experts in the field came together to “connect” and learn more about children with mental health, substance use and other behavioral health needs and families. Dr. Neal Horen, Director of the Early Childhood Division at Georgetown University's Center  ..

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