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
Campus Junior Looks Ahead to Future
17-year old resident receives Envision scholarship
BCC is proud to announce that one of our residents has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Envision National Youth Leadership Forum: Careers In Medicine event later this summer. Scholarships are awarded to a high school student demonstrating leadership abilities and academic excellence.
The Envision events are held across the country and partner with some of the nation's top medical institutions. The 10 day experience provides tours of several medical institutions, shadowing physicians, listening to guest speakers, an overview of how applying to medical school works, and practicing medical procedures in a classroom setting.
We are extremely proud that this honor roll student, who has made incredible progress since joining our program, was recognized for her efforts inside and outside of the classroom.
Hurricane Sandy Mission Trip
Balt-Wash. Conference sponsors a BCC youth to attend
One of BCC's youth will be attending a summer mission trip thanks to help from The Baltimore Washington Conference's Young Adult Council. About 20 conference youth are expected to go on the week-long mission trip to New Jersey to aid with ongoing Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts.
The group will be working with an organization called A Future With Hope, which was established as the United Methodist Church's clean-up arm in the region. Thank you to all those involved who made this effort possible.
Incentive Trips Keep Students Engaged
Grades, behavior, and goals always the focus
Every child in our care has an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) created for them. Evaluations on how the youth is doing in relation to those plans are made, goals are set, and most importantly, feedback is received from the youth on what is working for them and what isn't. When goals, grades, and expectations are met BCC provides incentive trips into the community. These types of rewards are similar, perhaps, to what you would offer your child for a good report card.
Last month the Baltimore campus went ice skating in Reisterstown, while our West Virginia youth went snow tubing at White Tail. In collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Education, the youth also went to see Monuments Men as part of their WWII curriculum.
Slam Dunk For The Win
UMM sponsors trip to Washington Wizards game
Thanks to the generous support of the United Methodist Men, BCC youth attended the dramatic Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans basketball game in February. Down a point with 7 seconds left to play the Wizards made one last drive and snuck in a slam dunk with 0.3 seconds left in regulation to secure the 94-93 win!
"I had such a blast," one resident who attended said, "especially with the ending of the game being so great!"
The trip was a reward for those youth who have applied themselves to their schoolwork and demonstrated responsible behavior both on and off campus. All who attended had a great time - thank you to the UMM for inviting our youngsters!
Love Is In The Mail
Cottages make cards for hospitalized youth & active duty soldiers
Every month our youth get involved in several outreach service activities that give back to the community. Despite the bad weather cancelling several other planned outings, our youngsters still made time between snow days to write Valentine's Day cards for hospitalized youth and for active duty military personal overseas.
The two programs resonated with our youth as they are familiar with the boost of encouragement they receive from receiving mail personally. (Ed. note: our Auxiliary makes sure each youth receives birthday and other special occasion cards each month).