Troubled Pr. George’s families need follow-up

A Washington Post article about problems in the child welfare system in Prince George’s County quoted a staff attorney in Maryland Legal Aid’s Metropolitan Maryland (Riverdale) office. “The child welfare system in Prince George’s County isn’t doing enough to ensure that troubled families receive the services that might help a parent regain custody of a child or avoid the removal of the child in the first place, advocates and officials say,” the article said.

“Our families require more supportive services than merely a written referral mailed to the last known address,” said Ann Marie Foley Binsner, executive director of the nonprofit Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, in Prince George’s. “They require a knock at the door and a supportive person they can turn to when they need help. And that doesn’t happen frequently enough.”

Without that help, all but the most determined parents can be put off, said Megan Berger, a lawyer for Legal Aid, which represents several hundred foster children in Prince George’s. “All these different systems can be sort of daunting to navigate.”

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