Breaking the Mold: Foster Care Collaborations That Work!

Did you know there are over 4,000 children within the foster care system in Maryland?

All 23 counties and Baltimore City provide foster care programs for these children but they don’t do it alone. As the proverb goes, “It takes a village.”

At the 2017 MACo Winter Conference session, Breaking the Mold: Foster Care Collaborations That Work!, learn how counties are forming innovative partnerships to deliver the best programs for children in foster care.

Breaking the Mold: Foster Care Collaborations That Work!

Description: Foster care programs operate in all Maryland counties to help provide short- and long-term care and support services to children who are unable to live at home, or who are without a home altogether. There are a range of reasons that children end up in foster care and each child presents a unique set of challenges, considerations, and capabilities. Counties work diligently to provide a safe and nurturing environment in the community for these children to help them transcend their circumstances and reach their full potential. In this session, learn how counties are launching innovative partnerships with public and private entities to ensure the best possible outcomes for children entering, living in, or aging out of the foster care system.


  • Deborah S. Harburger, Clinical Instructor, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • Dina Daly-Director, Caroline County Department of Social Services
  • Linda Webb, Director, Talbot County Department of Social Services
  • Shalita O’Neal, Foster Youth Ombudsman for the Department of Human Services

Moderator: The Honorable C.T. Wilson, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017; 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

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