SSN Testimony

Maryland HB 833: Parents in Substance Use Disorder Treatment - Children in Need of Assistance and Treatment Facilities

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University of Baltimore
Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts

Below is an excerpt from testimony submitted to the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 25, 2024.

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where I teach courses on Family Law and the Child Welfare System and write on child welfare issues, particularly as it affects low-income, minority and otherwise marginalized parents. I have also represented parents in the child welfare system, who were trying to prevent the removal of their children or were fighting to reunify. In addition, I serve as the Faculty Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (CFCC). CFCC envisions communities where children and families thrive without unnecessary involvement in the legal system. We engage communities in all that we do to work towards transforming systems that create barriers to family well-being. We urge you to support HB0833.