As parents and caregivers of children and young adults with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health challenges, we understand what you’re going through. Please know that you are not alone. The Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health (MCF) is here to help you access resources and make connections with those in your community who can support you, your child and your family.
One-to-One Support for Parents and Caregivers
Our trained staff, who themselves have cared for a child with mental health, substance use and/or other behavioral health needs, will work one-on-one with you—listening to your concerns, attending meetings, assisting you to complete forms, explaining your rights and connecting you to appropriate services. Services are provided free to Maryland families.
We offer trainings in-person and online to help you increase your knowledge on a variety of topics and be a better advocate for your child.
Information and Resources
MCF staff can provide you with information, referral and connections to appropriate services for your child. Resources are also available 24/7 through our website.
Often, talking to others going through a similar experience can help you find answers and reduce stress. Join an MCF Support group to connect with others in your community.
“Not only did I feel that I finally had the help I needed, but I also felt I was in the company of friends.”
Support for Youth and Young Adults
Our youth-driven programs empower and support youth and young adults. Contact us or visit our website to learn more.
While each family’s struggle to find help is unique, we know that improvements to policies on the state and local level help us all. MCF families work together to improve services in mental health, substance use, schools and other systems throughout Maryland.
Contact us or visit our website to learn more about how you can:
- have a voice in policy decisions
- get involved in legislative advocacy
- participate in a focus group
- raise public awareness
- become a parent leader and advocate
Joan McGarry, Talbot County Family Navigator