Our group living programs represent the Board of Child Care’s core work. The programs are much more than a safe place to live for children. The Residential Program, Short-Term Care Program, Community-Based Group Homes and High Intensity Group Homes, and Independent Living Program focus on treatment and engaging experiences for youth within a structured setting.
All residents benefit from clinical, educational and medical services, as well as spiritual development and therapeutic recreation.
The Board of Child Care’s residential campuses are located in Baltimore – which also houses the Short-Term Care Program – Maryland's Eastern Shore, and in West Virginia. The Group Homes and High Intensity Group Homes are located throughout Maryland.
In August 2010, the Board of Child Care acquired Alternatives for Youth and Families, an agency based in Southern Maryland that had provided services to children and families for more than 30 years. Adding AFYF to the BCC family expanded BCC’s residential services to include Therapeutic Group Homes and an Independent Living Program.
The goal for each child and youth in the Residential Program is to help them return home to their birth family or to be placed in a new permanent home. Whenever possible, staff work with each child’s family to help make this important transition.