Serving Children in Families Since 1920

who we are

Building Families was founded in 1920 to ensure that children were cared for in families, rather than in orphanages, where our founder Willoughby McCormick believed they were most likely to get the love and support they needed. Today we hold fast to that belief, and continue the work by mobilizing the community and providing trauma-informed care.

OUR MISSION is to share the love of Christ by helping Maryland’s most vulnerable children thrive in families.

OUR VISION A safe, nurturing family for every child. A supportive thriving community for every family.

YEARS
We’ve been strengthening families and helping children thrive for nearly a century!
Headquartered in Columbia, we provide services throughout central Maryland. We work with the state, churches, and other community organizations.

CHILDREN & PARENTS
Over the years we’ve served over 20,000 children in families rather than institutions.

 

 

what we do

Every child deserves a safe, nurturing family where they can grow and thrive. We make sure children are cared for in a family setting through our two key service areas: Family Preservation and Treatment Foster Care.

Family Preservation

Safe Families for Children™ & Therapeutic Family Services
Our Family Preservation Services are trauma-informed and evidence-based early interventions designed to strengthen families and keep them intact.

Treatment Foster Care

Children of Special and Exceptional Need (CHOSEN)
Our Treatment Foster Care program serves children after they’ve been removed from their home by a local Department of Social Services, placing them in foster families equipped to help them heal and thrive.

Serving Children in Families Since 1920

who we are

Building Families was founded in 1920 to ensure that children were cared for in families, rather than in orphanages, where our founder Willoughby McCormick believed they were most likely to get the love and support they needed. Today we hold fast to that belief, and continue the work by mobilizing the community and providing trauma-informed care.

OUR MISSION is to share the love of Christ by helping Maryland’s most vulnerable children thrive in families.

OUR VISION A safe, nurturing family for every child. A supportive thriving community for every family.

YEARS
We’ve been helping children and families for nearly a century!
Headquartered in Columbia, we provide services throughout central Maryland. We work with the state, churches, and other community organizations.

CHILDREN & PARENTS
Over the years we’ve served over 20,000 children in families and communities, rather than institutions.

what we do

Every child deserves a safe, nurturing family where they can grow and thrive. We make sure children are cared for in a family setting through our two key service areas: Family Preservation and Treatment Foster Care.

Family Preservation

Safe Families for Children™ and Therapeutic Family Services
Our Family Preservation Services are trauma-informed and evidence-based early interventions designed to strengthen families and keep them intact.

Treatment Foster Care

Children of Special and Exceptional Need (CHOSEN)
Our Treatment Foster Care program serves children after they’ve been removed from their home by a local Department of Social Services, placing them in foster families equipped to help them heal and thrive.

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