About Us


The program seeks to:
  • Provide immediate, intensive substance abuse supportive services.
  • Help Baltimore City Department of Social Services (DSS) make good decisions about reuniting parents and children, or finding a new permanent home for children.
  • Reduce the time a child stays in foster care due to a parent’s substance abuse.
  • Save costs for the state of Maryland by reducing time in foster care.

Our Mission

At happyThe Family Recovery Program (FRP), we (S.E.E.)

Strengthen. Engage. Equip. our parents.

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An independent evaluation by NPC Research compared results and costs for parents who received FRP services to families who did not. The results are remarkable. Read more about them here.

The bottom line is that FRP cases are less costly to the child welfare system – more than $5,000 in savings per year per family — and more successful in reuniting families at a faster rate than non-FRP parents.

  • Less Foster Care

    Less Foster Care

    On average, children in families served by FRP spent 252 days in non-kinship foster care as compared to 346 days for children in non-FRP served families.

  • Greater Reunification

    Greater Reunification

    FRP families were 1.5 times more likely to be reunited than non-FRP families: 70 percent of FRP families achieved reunification compared to 45 percent of non-FRP families.

  • More Treatment Completion

    More Treatment Completion

    64 percent of FRP parents completed substance abuse treatment, compared to 36 percent of non-FRP parents.

  • More Time in Treatment

    More Time in Treatment

    On average, FRP parents spent 138 days in treatment; non-FRP parents spent 82 days in treatment.

  • Reduced Cost to the Child Welfare System

    Because FRP families utilized less foster care and were more likely to achieve reunification, FRP cases were less costly to the child welfare system. The total net cost savings per year of Baltimore City FRP operations was nearly $1,004,456 or approximately $5,022 per served family.

Awards & Honors

September 2016 — National Peer Learning Court Award

What We Do


This nationally recognized program provides parents with services and refers parents to appropriate substance treatment. FRP provides the following supportive services:

  • Intensive Case Management
  • Immediate Referrals to Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Onsite and offsite Mental Health Care
  • Onsite Drug Testing
  • Parent Compliance Incentives
  • Onsite Circle of Security Parenting Class
  • Transportation assistance
  • Transitional Housing referrals
  • Parent Mentors
  • Peer Support
  • Holistic Support Groups
  • Indentification Assistance
  • Connective Community Resources
  • Onsite Family Engagement Activities
  • An array of other services



In August 2005, private philanthropic partners including the Abell Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, along with the Maryland State Departments of Budget and Management, Human Resources and the Governor’s Office of Children, joined with the private nonprofits Safe and Sound Campaign and the Family League of Baltimore City to create the Family Recovery Program (FRP) – Maryland’s first Opportunity Compact.

The Family Recovery Program continues to work in partnership with the Safe and Sound Campaign and the Family League, along with Dayspring Programs, HealthCare Access MarylandHope Health Systems and Diakon Kathryn’s Kloset to deliver services.

FRP is a member of Maryland Nonprofits:


Maryland Opportunity Compact

What makes FRP special is that we are the first program under the Maryland Opportunity Compact. The Maryland Opportunity Compact is a policy and financing innovation designed to improve lives and free up public resources for reinvestment in families and communities. The Compact leverages up-front investments of private sector resources to seed effective strategies that improve lives – strategies such as drug treatment, case management and jobs. These investments reduce the need for deep end public expenditures on foster care, juvenile detention and prison – and save government money as a result. As savings are documented, they are shared between the effort that created them and the state – further expanding opportunity and improving the lives of more Marylanders.

Meet Our Team


Senior Staff

Main Office Staff

Board Members

Sage Center Staff

Washington, D.C. Staff

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