Our History

2020
2020

FCS is Now Springboard Community Services

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As we take a fresh look at what our brand means to those around us, we bring vibrant leadership, renewed energy, and increased clarity.  FCS has always initiated true progress in the world, and now we’re applying that transformative power to ourselves.  With a new name, new identity, and new awareness, Springboard Community Services is now poised to carry our impact forward in even more powerful directions.  This is a critical time to drive awareness of the full and far-reaching continuum of our services.  As we strengthen our brand, we extend the opportunities we have to advocate for positive change in the world around us.

Our Story
2018
2018

FCS Becomes a Licensed Outpatient Mental Health Clinic

FCS laid the foundation for decades of success with substantial investments in infrastructure to meet regulatory obligations to be licensed by the State of Maryland to practice as an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (OMHC). FCS provides the fully integrated continuum of care consisting of case management, medication management, psychiatry and outpatient counseling services in multiple jurisdictions to support the mental health needs of those it serves. Simultaneously, FCS launched a sustainable behavioral health business model, Fee for Service, whereby clinicians receive a portion of the revenue earned verses a guaranteed salary. The efforts proved successful as FCS was notified in September of 2018 that it received an unprecedented increase in funding exceeding 2.5 million affording FCS to grow its services by partnering with various providers including local child advocacy centers, schools, law inforcement offices and local and state government agencies within the community.

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1985
1985

New Name: Family and Children's Services

In 1985, Family and Children’s Society came together with Maryland Family and Children’s Services to become Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland.  

1942
1942

Family Welfare Services (FWA) becomes Family and Children's Society

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The Family Welfare Association and Henry Watson Children’s Aid merged in 1942 to form Family and Children’s Society.  The Society’ services to families expanded to include medical, foster care, housekeeping, marriage counseling, adoptions, home finding, group counseling, and community mental health.  

1910
1910

AICP and COS Merge to form the Family Welfare Association (FWA)

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The Association to Improve the Condition of the Poor, (AICP) and the (COS) Charity Organization Society merged to form the Family Welfare Association.    The Charity Organization Society was originally founded in 1881 by Daniel Coit Gilman, President of Johns Hopkins University.  Gilman was also active in founding Johns Hopkins Hospital (1889) and Johns Hopkins Medical School (1893)

1849
1849

Springboard Communities Services is Formed and named as AICP

In 1849, The Association to Improve the Condition of the Poor, (AICP) was formed and convened by Mayor Stansbury of Baltimore to help famlies make a transition from an agricultural to industrial society.  Over the years, Springboard has grown and broadened its programs through numerous mergers in response to constantly changing and emerging needs.  

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