CONNECTION, Support, Empowerment
...for parents, caregivers, children and young adults experiencing mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health challenges.
MCF's staff in every Maryland county and Baltimore City:
- work with caregivers to help them access needed supports and services for their families
- support and amplify the youth voice
- empower family members to advocate for improving services in all systems of care for children, youth and families
Our services last year included:
of young people with behavioral health needs received one-to-one peer support
to news, information and resources through MCF’s newsletter, website and social media channels
school meetings attended with families
to build better partnerships between the family and school
support meetings with families
provided them with personalized, individual help
22 parents and caregivers from across the state, including grandmothers, aunts, foster and adoptive parents, moms and dads, graduated from the 14th annual Family Leadership Institute (FLI). FLI is an intensive 60-hour, six-weekend training experience designed to train caregivers to become advocates in their communities and at the state level.
Through two, one-day Leadership Retreats in May, 30 young adults from nine Maryland counties connected with peers and learned how to strategically share their own experiences to help others.
160 family members and advocates gathered for MCF’s 17th Annual Family Day in Annapolis. Families traveled from 20 of Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City.
"I've learned that there are others with special needs children... that are like our family... I look forward to helping other parents and advocating for other children."
— Anne, mother of four
"This was a life-changing experience and I will never forget it."
— Taking Flight youth