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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 caregivers from across the state, including grandmothers, aunts, foster and adoptive parents, moms and dads. Participants came from across Maryland, including Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Harford, Cecil, Baltimore, Prince George’s, Calvert and Wicomico Counties, and Baltimore City.

Said one graduate, “I have gone from feeling overwhelmed and powerless to having a specific plan for my child and a sense that there is help available out there that can be accessed. I also have a newfound passion for children’s mental health that I know will continue.”

“I want to be more involved with changing attitudes about mental health in the schools,” said another 2017 graduate.

Thank you to the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Behavioral Health Administration for their continued support of this program, to our amazing presenters, and to our partners across the state who assisted in recruiting participants for the class of 2017.

Learn more about FLI.

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