Childhood Reflections on Death, War, and Uncertainty


Fourteen faces, as diverse as the colors of a rainbow overarching a water-logged earth, all peered back during this virtual meeting as this team came together. The mission: to clinically debrief and to discover the best approach to supporting a 13-year-old girl whose father was violently murdered over the weekend. The Child Welfare system removed […]

Congratulations to Brandon Rapp!

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Brandon Rapp has a lot going for him these days. He seems like any young man about to embark on the next chapter of his life. A recent graduate of Maya Angelou Public Charter School with a full scholarship to study Cyber Security and Defense at Barry University in Miami. But Brandon has worked harder […]

The Christmas Bird: A Blog

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Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark – Tagor I look down and meet her eyes.  They dominate her petite face, deeply brown, and heavy.  Overburdened with a penetrating sadness.  Tears move slowly down her cheeks as if they also are held back, restrained by her intense grief. […]

Another Mother’s Day

Last Thursday night, I stood in front of a podium in the BWI Marriott’s ballroom and introduced a handsome, well dressed fifteen-year-old African American male who lives in a foster home with his younger sibling. As President of Maryland’s state association of private child caring agencies, and before an audience of nearly 400–including many of […]

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NCCF's Back to School Drive 2022