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Developmentally Typical Behavior or Oppositional Defiant Disorder?

Tara Wetherell - Wednesday, July 07, 2021
By Patricia Williams, Family Peer Support Referral Specialist All children can be defiant at times. Parents that have survived the “terrible twos” go on to survive the “terrible teens” and then with any luck their peaceful child returns and life goes on, right? Not always. What happens if challenging behaviors linger, or even get worse? Your child may have Oppositional Defi ..

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MCF Offers Parent Partner Program in Washington County

Tara Wetherell - Saturday, June 05, 2021
Maryland Coalition of Families is partnering with the state’s Social Services Administration (SSA) to offer Parent Partners, a pilot program in Washington County to support families involved with child welfare. Parent Partners have been used in other states across the country to help create successful outcomes for families. In this model, parents who become involved wit ..

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The American Rescue Plan Provides Cash Payments to Families of Children

Nicki Gardes - Saturday, June 05, 2021
The White House recently announced that qualifying American families with children will begin receiving direct cash payments in July under a new child benefit created by the American Rescue Plan. The recent legislation, designed to help low- and middle-income families, increased the maximum annual credit from $2,000 per child (under 17) in 2020 to $3,000 per child (unde ..

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10 Self-care Tips for Spring

Gail Doerr - Thursday, April 29, 2021
After a long, pandemic winter where we were isolated, distanced, and masked, spring has finally arrived in Maryland with warmer weather, longer days and the promise of social connections, especially at outdoor gatherings. Self-care will continue to be important to keep you strong and healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally. We asked some of our MCF staff to share thei ..

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How to Talk With a Loved One about Their Substance Use

Ann Geddes - Thursday, April 29, 2021
Starting a conversation with a family member who is showing signs of substance use or a problem with alcohol can be daunting. You might worry about saying the wrong things, hurting your relationship, or causing your family member to become angry. Fear might cause you to decide that it’s best to not bring up the issue, but if you think that your loved one might have a proble ..

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Five Signs That Someone You Love Has a Gambling Problem

Tara Wetherell - Monday, March 22, 2021
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the perfect time to check in with your friends and family who enjoy gambling—which can include casinos, poker, scratch-offs, sports betting and even Bingo and some video games. While social or recreational gambling can be a fun pastime, for some, it can turn into a serious problem that interferes with finances and relatio ..

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Four Tips to Help With “Zoom Fatigue”

Gail Doerr - Monday, March 22, 2021
If you are feeling worn out after a day of video calls, recent research shows that there are some good reasons why. As social distancing protocols have kept us apart from each other, virtual meetings have skyrocketed and the term “Zoom fatigue” has become part of our wellness vocabulary. Stanford University researchers have recently studied this phenomenon and have ide ..

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2020 Annual Report Released

Tara Wetherell - Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Maryland Coalition of Families is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report. Last year, our staff connected, supported and empowered 2,528 families—our highest number ever—despite the logistical challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of our staff, we continued serving families without interruption even as we evolved and expan ..

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COVID and the 2021 Maryland Legislative Session

Ann Geddes - Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there is still important legislative work to be done. One of MCF’s priority bills this year is HB 405, Special Education—Judicial Actions—Attorney’s Fees and Related Costs. HB 405 would allow parents to be reimbursed for attorney’s fees and expert witness costs if they win their case in a due process hearing or court procee ..

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Problem Gambling and the Holidays

Tara Wetherell - Thursday, December 10, 2020
The holiday season is an important time to check in with loved ones about their gambling activities—and to talk with youth about the risks of gambling. The typical stress of the holiday season, combined with increased separation and isolation this year due to the pandemic, can be a trigger for some problem gamblers. “A change in someone’s behavior or an increase i ..

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