BALTIMORE/ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The Children’s Guild, which provides academic and therapeutic services for children and adolescents who are traumatized, autistic and with multiple disabilities, expanded its Family Help Center to help children achieve their full potential at five Anne Arundel County public schools in the Annapolis area and two Baltimore County public schools in Middle River, Md.
The Family Help Center, headquartered at The Children’s Guild’s Baltimore campus with satellite locations now in nine public schools, supports children struggling with stress and traumatic events. These include the loss of a family member, abuse or neglect, and the divorce of parents, among other experiences that affect their emotional well-being. The center also addresses behavioral problems in children, such as aggressive or disruptive behavior, attention problems, withdrawal and difficulty with peer relationships.
“With a stronger presence in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, we’ll be able to help more children work through tough issues that are inhibiting their success in school,” said Steve Howe, director of the Family Help Center for The Children’s Guild.
Licensed clinicians with the Family Help Center work within schools to help normalize the child’s experience of seeing mental health professionals. Clinicians counsel individuals, groups and families, and provide mental health evaluations, while serving as resources for teachers. In addition, clinicians connect families with community organizations that address their needs.
In Anne Arundel County, the Family Help Center now serves Germantown Elementary, West Annapolis Elementary, Hillsmere Elementary, Annapolis Middle and J. Albert Adams Academy schools with the possibility of other schools in the Annapolis area in the future. In Baltimore County, the center now serves Martin Boulevard Elementary and Victory Villa Elementary schools, in addition to Colgate Elementary and Sussex Elementary schools.
The Children’s Guild (www.childrensguild.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1953 and dedicated to serving children who are difficult to educate and care for due to autism, multiple disabilities, and/or who have been traumatized by their life experience or family situation. The Children’s Guild operates three day school campuses for children located in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, group homes, a foster treatment care program, and provides mental health support services to children in local school systems. The Children’s Guild programs are based on an organizational philosophy called Transformation Education which creates a culture that radiates the message that life is a journey of personal growth and enlightenment that comes from the continuous struggle and search for meaningful responses to life’s challenges.