The Office for Children and Families funds programs with support from Frederick County Government, the State of Maryland's Governor's Office for Children and the Maryland State Department of Education. Funds are awarded through competitive application processes.
The Children’s Mobile Crisis Program provides urgent mental health response to children, youth and families. The goals of this program include stabilizing children in crisis by providing brief targeted in-home interventions which support recovery and divert psychiatric and/or legal out of home placements when possible.
This program is a partnership with Mental Health Association (MHA) and Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP) to expand services to children and parents impacted by incarceration. The program aims to strengthen the bond between parents, children, caregivers, and the community through a variety of evidence supported activities including parenting classes for incarcerated individuals, workshops, and one on one coaching for caregivers and parents after release.
Frederick County After School Programs are provided to middle school students to promote positive youth development while minimizing unsupervised time. The program seeks to improve participant well-being by engaging youth in meaningful programs that assist them in becoming healthy young adults. Through collaborative efforts, youth in five prioritized middle schools participate in comprehensive programming designed to improve social, academic and prevent legal involvement.
The Healthy Entry for Kids Program expands health care for families who would otherwise be unable to access care in the following prioritized areas: (1) dental care to low-income children; (2) mental health care for children and their families; (3) prenatal care for low-income pregnant women. The program was designed by the LMB to target service gaps identified in the Needs Assessment to support improved health outcomes for the county's pregnant women, infants, children and families.
Healthy Families Frederick (HFF) is a home visiting program targeting first-time parents and their children who are assessed to be at-risk for negative child outcomes. Based on the national Healthy Families America model, HFF is a strengths-based service that supports families to become self-sufficient and promotes children entering school healthy, nurtured, and ready to learn.
New Horizons Frederick offers personalized counseling, case management, and service linkage for homeless Frederick County public high school students. The program provides students with access to resources needed to achieve an on-time graduation including: access to personal health, economic, educational, and enrichment services and activities.
Systems Navigation services provide intensive supports, linkage and coordination for families who require assistance beyond the referrals provided by Single Point of Access. Systems Navigation services are provided to families and children who have intensive behavioral, educational, developmental, and/or mental health needs. Systems Navigators provide assessment, care coordination, assistance in identifying strengths and needs, and linkages to appropriate services and supports.
This program provides strength based services to youth/young adults aged 16-24 who are neither employed nor enrolled in school. Those services include: adult education, employment readiness, career exploration, intensive case management, transportation, social and peer support, and workshops focusing on different topics.