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.


Are you a pastor, sunday school teacher, Auxiliary Key Person, or volunteer?  Request your brochures and red stockings now in preparation for a busy holiday season! 


What's Happening at BCC

Stories from our most recent KEYWORDS newsletter. You can subscribe and receive the newsletter via email each month or view it as a printable PDF


Eastern Shore Program Prepares Boys for Independence

"Ready By 21" Initiatives Remain Focus For Staff

Who taught you to do laundry? To grocery shop? To shave? For most of us the answer is obvious - our parents. For children in the foster care system, however, they are not such easy questions to answer.
Agencies caring for children in the foster care system are assigned benchmarks by the state that the youth need to reach by certain ages. They comprise many of the skills that independent adults will ultimately use every day.
In Maryland, these benchmarks are referred to as the “Ready By 21” initiatives. There are four areas of focus: education, employment, health, and housing. Within each of those categories are many skills that need to be mastered. For a 14 year old, this could be learning the basics of cooking and laundry. A 20 year old, by contrast, needs to understand household budgeting and how to look for an apartment.
“Getting our boys ready for life on their own is about more than academics,” said Karen McGee, Director of Campus life for BCC’s Eastern Shore campus. “Yes completing school is very important, but teamwork, social responsibility, and professionalism are needed just as much as good oral communication and reading comprehension skills.”
All of Board of Child Care’s youth are working towards their Ready By 21 benchmarks. The Eastern Shore campus has continued to build on last year’s successes. The after school tutoring sessions, cooking lessons by some of BCC’s social workers, and summer job program are already showing huge dividends. “Some of the kids are really getting into it,” said McGee. “The cooking lesson last week was to make manicotti – impressive for a group of guys who a few months ago hated the thought of cooking for themselves. Now it’s one of the group’s favorite activities!”

Laurie Anne Visits With Bishops

Strategy for stronger engagement discussed

During the month of September Laurie Anne Spagnola, BCC’s President, met with both Bishop Johnson of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference (top left), and Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (top right). 
Board of Child Care has been blessed to have an excellent relationship with both conferences and the support of both Bishops for many years. Bishops Johnson and Matthews expressed a keen desire to see more partnership opportunities occur in the coming months and years. Thank you to both Bishops for their hospitality!

Campolina Way Celebrates One Year! 

Martinsburg group home thriving

Please help us extend a hearty shout of “Congratulations!” to our staff at Campolina Way in Martinsburg, West Virginia. At the end of August, they celebrated their first anniversary of their program opening. What a year it has been! They have quickly become the residential location of choice for local attorneys and the Department of Health and Human Resources workers who seek a quality, professional treatment facility focused on providing a family-like environment for the youth. Congratulations to all our incredible staff!  

Volunteers Needed this Holiday Season!

Wed. December 10 - Monday, December 15

Help is needed to wrap up presents for our campus residents. This opportunity is a great way for youth and teens to collect service hours. Groups and individuals welcome. Flexible shifts. Free onsite parking. Details and Sign up are online at:


Auxiliary News

Fall Volunteer Dates and Thanksgiving Needs Posted

From Thanksgiving baskets, to field trips for the kids, and of course operating a Christmas Store for the youth to shop for their families, the memories the Auxiliary help create really are priceless – please consider joining our Auxiliary!

Volunteers young and old are needed this fall! It is the busiest time of year for the Auxiliary and they need your help! All the dates volunteers are needed are now posted on the website. If you are available, please call and leave a message on the Auxiliary office line at 410-922-2100 x5473 or email Julie Wernz, Auxiliary President, at

See the full lineup of volunteer dates online:

October Auxiliary Meetings

Oct. 11 Baltimore Region Fall Meeting – 10:00 am

Oct. 18 Conference Executive Committee Meeting – 10:00 am

(Click here for addresses and maps to all meetings)

Auxiliary Thanksgiving Baskets for children’s families.

The Auxiliary website now lists each District’s/Region’s assigned items for the Thanksgiving Baskets in 2014. Please have your items to either your church or the Auxiliary’s office on the Baltimore Campus by Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Baskets will be assembled Thursday, November 13, 2014 and volunteers are needed on that date. Leave a message on the Auxiliary line if you can help! Projected number of baskets to be assembled this year: 220!!

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