The Board of Child Care is a human services organization that helps children. Since 1874, we have given children and their families hope for the future and power in their present lives. Today, we serve more than 1,300 people through our residential and community-based services.
Our goal is to build a bridge leading to independence, success and confidence for children facing adverse life circumstances. When they leave us, we want them prepared to meet the world and to live productive lives.
We invite you to learn more about our programs:
- Links to the left describe our core program offerings
- Schedule a tour of BCC's main campus and/or Welcome Center
- Speak to a staff member about our programs and how to get involved.
Please join us in making a difference in the lives of children and families.
What's Happening at BCC
Back to School: Help our kids realize their dreams!
Dear Faithful Friends,
For one girl at the Board of Child Care, graduation this year meant more than receiving a handshake and diploma. It meant that her dreams for the future were finally coming true.It is my pleasure to introduce you to Shaquan P.
When Shaquan arrived at our Strawbridge School in eighth grade she was lost in conflict, negative relationships, and poor choices. She didn’t see the value in her education at first. Over time the academic and clinical support provided by BCC slowly built a solid platform from which she could grow.
Shaquan continued to work hard on not only her academic work, but also on improving her selfesteem and confidence. She was the recipient of the Comcast Leaders & Achievers scholarship earlier this year and was chosen to give the senior class speech during graduation. Her efforts have clearly paid off!
Outside the classroom Shaquan enjoys writing, dancing, and other creative activities, and dreamsof becoming a nursing assistant in the future. During her message to her fellow senior classmembers, she advised them that, “Our success doesn’t have to stop here.” For Shaquan we know thatgraduation was only the beginning of her achievements. We cannot wait to see her put her greatwork ethic to use.
Your gift to the Back-to-School Fund makes it possible for us to continue helping youth like Shaquan reach their fullest potential. And Shaquan is just one example.This year we had twenty-five youth from Strawbridge School and our residential care programs in Maryland and West Virginia graduate from high school or receive their GED.Your continued support ensures others like Shaquan at BCC are prepared to leadhealthy, productive lives.
May God bless you for your generosity to our Back-to-School Fund.
Mail a check:
Board of Child Care
Attn: Back-To-School Fund
3300 Gaither Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
2014 Golf Outing
Space on the roster is shrinking each day as our vendors step up to support our annual event. If you or a business you know are interested in sponsoring a tee sign or playing in the event please pass along the sponsorship packet (PDF Download). You may also contact tournament director, Kristian Sekse at email@example.com or (410) 922-2100 x5284
Mental Health Clinic Enjoys Tremendous Program Growth
Staff are on pace for a record year
Fourteen years ago, a small group of clinicians opened their doors to the Pasadena community. Their goal was simple: help children and their families navigate difficult times in their lives regardless of their ability to pay.
“There has been a clear and growing demand for mental health services for youth and families in the Anne Arundel County area,” said Andrea Carroll, Director of BCC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC). When she took the reins in January of 2012, the clinic served ninety clients. Just a year later, they reached their maximum capacity of 113 clients and had to begin referring new clients to other facilities.
“My hat is certainly off to Andrea and her entire team,” said BCC’s President, Laurie Anne Spagnola. “When I met them for the first time this summer I could see immediately why they have enjoyed this tremendous success. You cannot help but feel calm and at ease the second you walk through their clinic’s door.”
In July the OMHC welcomed Jamie Woods, LGSW, as their newest full-time therapist. Her addition brings the clinic’s capacity up to 150 clients.
Yet rest does not appear to be in the stars for Carroll and her team. In 2013, the clinic took on 56 new individuals as clients. In the 2nd quarter of 2014 alone they have conducted 33 new client intakes - more than double their average.
“I am incredibly pleased we have been able to grow so much this year,” said Carroll. “My hope is to continue expanding our services to meet the needs of children and families in our community.”
The clinic serves as more than just a space to heal. Last fall the Board of Child Care Auxiliary helped create a Thanksgiving meal box for each family who requested one. Later, they opened a Christmas store for those using the clinic who otherwise could not have afforded to shop for presents that year. Enough presents were donated that the OMHC was able to open the store to all families serviced by the clinic. Some parents “shopped” for gifts to give their children, some families let the children choose their own gifts. Some children even took the opportunity to select gifts for those they care about.
The OMHC has nine current staff members: one director, three full-time child and family therapists, two part-time therapists, two administrative staff, and one part-time psychiatrist.
Pictured above from left to right: Andrea Carroll, LCPC, Jenn Hamersky, LCPC, Susan Larson, MD, Sara Linnehan, LCSW-C, Candis Johnson, Jamie Woods, LGSW, and Marcy Windsor.