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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.…/128-family-childrens-ser…

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Al Peisinger

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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Family and Children’s Services Partners with Police to Implement the DART Program

Left to right: Bel Air Police Chief Charles Moore, Jennifer Redding, Deputy Chief of Behavioral Health Services, Family and Children’s Services, D/CPL Matthew Gullion, Bel Air Police Department, and Joe Ryan, Director, The Office of Drug Control Policy (Bel Air, Md)  In an attempt to break the cycle of addiction, Family and Children’s Services has partnered with the Bel Air Police Department, the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, and other local agencies to form the Bel Air Drug Abatement Response Team (DART). DART, implemented in January 2018, and is completing its first year.  DART’s conceptualization was based on the increasing number of opioid overdoses in Harford County, more specifically the alarming number of overdoses, and repeat overdoses, in the Town of Bel Air. Prior to the DART program, Bel Air police officers and medical providers would often respond and treat the same opioid overdose victims two or three times in the same week.   Bel Air Police

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Md. Family’s Video Pranks on Their Kids Raises Questions of Abuse – WJZTV-13

 A Frederick County family is accused of child abuse after posting a video that left their child in tears. The parents are claiming the video, which has since been removed from their channel, was fake, and that the children were in on the prank.   [button size=”medium” style=”primary” text=”Watch Video” link=”” target=””]

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FT Burden

Chief Executive Officer

F.T. was appointed Springboard Community Services as CEO in September of 2015 following a national search that yielded more than 200 candidates. Prior to joining SCS, he served for nearly 15 years as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. F.T.’s chief duties include leading fund and partnership development, cultivating the board of directors, and establishing the agency’s strategic direction and vision. A Florida native, F.T. enjoys cooking, traveling, and attending live music and dance performances.

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