Better Together Early Family Advocacy Program
An initiative of MOPD’s Parental Defense Division.
A project in Baltimore City that aims to reduce court involvement and prevent family separation.
What is the Better Together Program?
The Better Together Program supports families facing investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS) before a case is opened in court, and pregnant women likely to face CPS investigation at birth. We provide legal assistance, community services, and peer support to prevent CPS from removing children from their parents, and keep children in the home with their families whenever possible. Our team of lawyers, a social worker, and parent advocates work with parents to solve problems that could lead to their children being removed.
The Better Together program provides families with individual support, including:
Help with Housing Issues
Help with State Benefits
Accompanying Parents for Home Inspections and Visits from CPS
Other Services That Your Family May Need
Help with Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities
Referrals for Substance or Mental Health Treatment
Supplies for Your Newborn or Children
Creating a Plan for Your Children to Remain Home Safely