FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 1, 2011
Contact: Andrew Aldrich
410-654-0000, ext. 7
Children’s Guild Vice President Joins International Board
BALTIMORE/GLEN BURNIE/CHILLUM, Md.—The Children’s Guild Vice President of Children’s Services Steve Howe joined the board of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA), an organization of 400 treatment foster care providers in North America established to define and refine Treatment Foster Care practices. Howe will serve on the executive committee of the board as chair of the Council of Chapter Chairs. He has served on the FFTA board and presented at FFTA conferences in the past.
Howe, who has more than 30 years of experience in family services, leads The Children’s Guild’s admissions, three therapeutic group homes, treatment foster care program and Family Help Center, which supports children struggling with stress and traumatic events in the community and 26 public schools.
Prior to joining The Children’s Guild, Howe was a senior consultant specializing in service development and management of community and foster care programs for Open Minds, a mental health consulting firm. Previously, he was national director of foster care for KidsPeace National Centers, where he expanded the program to 40 foster care and family services offices in nine states and Washington, D.C.
Howe has also served as the Maryland director of The Pressley Ridge Schools, an organization headquartered in Pittsburgh serving emotionally disturbed youth and their families, and was the foster care manager for the State of Maryland, where he oversaw the foster care services in 24 local departments of social services. He developed the treatment foster care program, including contracting with providers and establishing standards.
Howe has served on the board, including as president, of several family-serving organizations. He also has written publications in the behavioral and mental health field. He earned his Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland and his bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. Howe lives in Towson, Md.
The Children’s Guild
) 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.