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Family and Children’s Services Is Now Springboard Community Services

We’ve spent the last 170 years improving the lives of the communities we serve. Now we’re changing our name to reflect our new focus on behavioral health services, in addition to helping those impacted by violence, abuse, and neglect. Our new name, Springboard, inspired by the small steps and big leaps our clients make as we help them move forward. As we broaden our reach to the wider community, we are expanding our services and focusing more resources on outpatient mental healthcare. Form assessment through treatment, we prioritize the specific needs of each client. We have the same locations, same phone number and we will continue to work closely with our partners: the agencies who refer to us, primary care physicians, community leaders, and of course you. Stay tuned for more exciting information as we navigate our new branding initiative. Across centuries, Family and Children’s Services has woven common threads of hope and transformation into the communities we serve.  Our

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Leadership and Staff Featured on Chamber Chat on AM 1470 Radio

Recently our CEO, FT Burden, and Program Assistant, Gene Stonesifer, were featured on Chamber Chat, a weekly radio program that airs on Sunday Mornings around 7:30 am on AM 1470 or FM 102.3 WTTR. The program features Mike McMullin, President of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Each program, Mike chats with a guest about all things business and all things Carroll County.  Click the link below to listen to the full radio show. https://carrollcountychamber.org/…/128-family-childrens-ser…

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Victims of Any Crime in Harford County Can Now Find Help

By Erika Butler, The Aegis Newspaper Being the victim of a crime can cause significant trauma, and the Harford State’s Attorney’s Office and Office of Family and Children’s Services are partnering to ensure victims of all crimes — not just domestic violence or sexual assault — get the support they need to deal with that trauma. “I saw a void where all our victims could have a need for services,” State’s Attorney Al Peisinger said. “People don’t ask to be assaulted, have their house broken into. They are situations people are not asking for, it’s a trauma that can affect the whole family dynamic.” Under the new partnership, a case manager from Family and Children’s Services working at the Harford Family Justice Center, through a referral by a prosecutor, can begin to provide victim support right from the beginning, said Jennifer Redding, deputy chief of behavioral health services for Family and Children Services. “In real time, as soon as

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Bel Air police claim new program is helping reduce opioid overdose numbers

BEL AIR, Md. (WMAR) — In Bel Air, the shroud of heroin and opioid addiction is rattling the town’s police department — in the past few years, they’ve been inundated with calls of overdoses and even worse — deaths. For the last four years, Police Chief Charles Moore has watched as the number of those impacted have slowly crept up into the city of a little more than 10,000 people. “We started to really look into how this happened and what we could do to try to resolve, or try to fix the problem,” Moore said. Initially, Moore says first responders would treat the case a proverbial band-aid; helping those that have overdoses with life-saving Naloxone or even putting a person in jail. But the problems worsened, until Moore got an idea from his peers in western Maryland by creating a Drug Abatement Response Team or D.A.R.T. “We were in a spiraling downward epidemic of opioid overdoses and the overdoses only

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Target Groping Suspect Sought – Jennifer Redding Provides Insight On WBAL Channel 11 News

Our very own, Jennifer Redding, Deputy Chief of Behavioral Health Services, was featured during a news broadcast by WBAL channel 11.  She provided valuable advice for those who are victims of assault.  Below is a copy of the article on the WBAL website: ABERDEEN, Md. — Aberdeen police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who they said groped a female employee Monday at a Target. City police said officers were called at 10:15 a.m. Monday to the store on Middleton Road for a report of a man who approached an employee, asked for her help with scanning merchandise. The woman told detectives that as she reached to scan the item, the man used his hand to grope her in a sexual way. She ran to get help. “A lot of times it’s about power and control and wanting to dominate another person and kind of impinge upon their space,” said Jennifer Redding, of Family and Children Services

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