Family Help in Maryland: Programs and Services

The following Maryland programs and services offer help and support to struggling and troubled teens and their families.

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGHDiamonds in the Rough Programs & Retreats  202-552-1458 Programs include 90-day faith based, residential, life coaching retreats for teen girls ages 13 & up, week-long and long weekend retreats for various age groups, including adult sessions. Located in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, Diamonds in the Rough was founded by Kimberly James, Certified Life Coach and author of Running on G: What’s in Your Tank?

Asperger Syndrome Parent Support Groups in Maryland  Support group listing includes Anne Arundel County Asperger Support Group and Autism-Asperger Association of Calvert County.

Autism Society  410-655-7933 Baltimore-Chesapeake301-746-8080 Frederick County; 410-290-3466 Howard County  The Maryland chapters are a resource for everyone who needs help and support with the job of raising, working with, and advocating for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, such as Asperger Syndrome.

Baptist Family and Children’s Services of Maryland and Delaware  800-621-8834  Information and referral, mentoring, parenting programs, short-term placements.

Brain Injury Association of Maryland  410-448-2924  800-221-6443  Education, advocacy, and support. Find a brain injury support group in Maryland >>> 

C.A.S.E. – The Center for Adoption Support and Education  301-593-9200 Maryland  703-425-3703 Virginia  Post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Catholic Charities of Maryland  410-547-5490  Programs to assist children, the elderly, the developmentally disabled, the abused, the hungry, and the homeless.

Chesapeake Center for Youth Development  410-355-4698  High quality and comprehensive services for youth experiencing barriers to success due to educational deficits, troubled family relationships, juvenile delinquency, and limited employment opportunities. Programs include alternative school and job training programs for youth, ages 13-20, in Baltimore.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates  410-372-0208  An independent national organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents, headquartered in Maryland, that work to protect the civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.

DAWN  202-559-5366 Videophone Emergency E-mail Hotline M-F 9 am-5 pm  Support, education, prevention, and advocacy organization for the deaf community of the Washington, D.C. area. Survivor services include counseling and support groups.

Directory of Community Services for Carroll County  This directory, maintained by the library’s Community Information Service, contains information on a variety of community organizations based in Carroll County and the region. Resources include substance abuse programs, youth programs, governmental agencies, recreational opportunities, clubs and organizations, and religious services.

Domestic Violence Programs Directory

Eating Disorders Online Support Group and Discussion Forum  24-hour confidential discussion in a recovery-focused online community, maintained by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt.

Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland  410-366-1980  Family and adolescent counseling, programs for at-risk and troubled teens, community programs, and other youth services.

Freestate Challenge Academy  410-436-3331  Free academic, life skills, and vocational program offered by the National Guard to youth, ages 16-18, who have been expelled or dropped out of school, who are free of illegal drugs, and who wish to make a positive change in their lives. Visit Free and Low-Cost Schools and Teen Programs >>>

infoMONTGOMERY  Health, education, and human service resources throughout Montgomery County, including youth substance abuse prevention programs, emergency assistance, and services that support school-aged youth and their families.

Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington  301-881-3700  Evaluation, therapy, workshops, and support groups for families and  teens with ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, depression, eating disorders, and other emotional, academic, and behavioral difficulties.

Job Corps Centers in Maryland  301-362-6000 Woodland Center410-461-1100 Woodstock Center Free residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16-24.

Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland  888-265-6459  Volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families through awareness, support, advocacy, education, service and collaborative efforts. Find a chapter near you >>>

Legal Aid Bureau  410-951-7818  Free civil legal services to financially qualified Marylanders and people over 60 from 13 offices around the state.

Maryland Coalition Against Pornography  301-439-8475  Volunteer-based organization that works to protect children, families and communities from the devastating effects of pornography.

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)  301-328-7023  Coalition of rape crisis and recovery centers in Maryland that provide services to victims, prevention programs, community outreach, advocacy, and legal services for victims and survivors of sexual violence.  Find a rape crisis and recovery center near you >>>

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence  Coalition that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals in Maryland for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects. Find domestic violence programs in Maryland >>>

The Parents’ Place of Maryland  410-768-9100  Serves the parents of children with disabilities throughout Maryland through parent workshops, referrals, support groups, and information.

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