- Mental Health & Counseling
- Strengthening Families
- About US
- We Create Hope
Transforming the lives of children and adults by providing
opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and hope.
Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland (FCS) is a private, nonprofit agency that has been serving Central Maryland since 1849. We serve Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Our history is intertwined with the evolution of Baltimore from a major port city to a thriving metropolis with pockets of poverty and great need. It is full of examples of timely responses to changing or emerging needs as our predecessor agencies have been key contributors to the development of the social supports necessary for a community to thrive. Our mission is to transform the lives of children and adults by providing opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and hope.
We fulfill our mission by providing services to individuals and families across the lifespan through targeted programming addressing identified community needs. Our service delivery platform consists of four distinct but integrated divisions. Our trauma division includes child abuse treatment and domestic violence services. The goal of these programs is to help victims return to a place of stability, safety and hope from a place of crisis and despair. Our senior services division includes employment and volunteer programs, medical adult day care and senior housing. The mission of our senior services division is to enhance the quality of life for older and impaired individuals and their caregivers through high quality supportive services. Our family services division includes an Early Head Start, case management and the evidenced-based program models Healthy Families and Family Stability. The impact of all of our family programming is to bring a sense of stability while moving families towards self-sufficiency. Finally, our mental health division offers counseling and psychiatric medication management. These services provide therapeutic interventions that increase coping skills, reduce symptoms and introduce positive behaviors.
FCS serves approximately 7,000 people annually. The vast majority have incomes well under the area median, with 45% being Medicaid-eligible. Approximately 42% are Euro-American, 29% are African-American, with the balance falling into Latino, Asian-American and other categories. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are under age 18; 30% are 18-34; 26% are 34-54; and 17% are 55 and older, with 10% over the age of 65.