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Over the century that The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF)has been in existence, we have held true to our core value of empowering the community to support the needs of poor and struggling children, youth and families through a comprehensive array of services which ensure a “more equitable and inclusive Montgomery County.” Our Board of Trustees, staff, and over 2,500 volunteers work together in pursuit of social justice for those locked out of a quality life due to dire circumstances and social conditions most often beyond their control or limited vision.

For nearly four decades, NCCF has served homeless families in Montgomery County, earning consistent recognition. As a service provider we have witnessed first-hand the unique challenges of homelessness in this area. But in order to fulfill the community empowerment portion of our mission we need to make visible what has been unseen in Montgomery County, homeless children and their families. NCCF is in our season of advocacy. We are finding a way to lead and to use our knowledge and evidence to drive change in our region. I invite you to read our newest publication Invisible and Homeless: A 2018 Study of Children, Youth, and their Parents in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Given the local resources, no child should ever go homeless.

This study represents a glimpse into the journeys of 630 homeless and poor children residing in 2018 in Montgomery County, Maryland, along with 300 adults. Their existence occurs in the very shadows of the challenges confronting their impoverished, frequently desperate parents, who are likely to be young, a single mother, African American, and unemployed. A third of the parents surveyed had no income. Moving from family or friends in this highly diverse, rapidly evolving socio-economic county, nearly a third of the adults also had been evicted from their own housing. Most dramatic, however is the fact that Black children in Montgomery County are living in poverty at a rate of 8 times compared to white children. When one examines closely this overlay of poverty onto housing instability, the results are devastating.

Unfortunately, because these children are not specifically categorized or labeled (none of which is actually desirable), they remain unnoticed, often unacknowledged and consequently under-served throughout our community. This study report concludes with implications for additional research and policy/practice innovations which call for additional investments to be made in Montgomery County’s social infrastructure.

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Name: Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman

About: Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Executive Director, is a passionate, internationally recognized and award-winning advocate for children, youth, and their families, who struggle with extreme poverty, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and disabilities and related trauma. An author and expert in child and family welfare, she believes in the sheer power of “community” as it reinforces unimaginable resilience when it provides the basic support to those in its midst who have need. Dr. Chapman envisions a healthy, happy childhood for each and every child, regardless of the circumstances of their birth or the socio-economic status of their family.

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Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

Current program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Our programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

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Founded in 1915 as an orphanage in the District of Columbia, NCCF is a private, nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families.

Current program services include emergency shelters and transitional housing for homeless families, a high-intensity therapeutic group home, therapeutic and traditional foster care and adoption, independent living for youth transitioning to adulthood, teen parent services, and community-based prevention services that promote academic achievement, parental involvement, economic and vocational stability, and healthy families. Our programs have become social service models, redefining both NCCF’s reputation and the agency’s position in the human service continuum in the Washington Metropolitan Region.

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