Three grants support operation of Truancy Court Program



Professor Barbara Babb, director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts, which operates the Truancy Court Program.

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) recently received three grants totaling more than $132,000 to support the work of its Truancy Court Program (TCP), reports Professor Barbara Babb, the center’s director:

  • $47,025 from the Maryland Judiciary’s Administrative Office of the Courts’s Department of Family Administration. The funding supplements a $70,000 grant awarded to the Meyerhoff center by the Department of Family Administration earlier this year, bringing the department’s total 2015 support of the center to $117,025. Said Babb, “We are very grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Maryland Judiciary, whose funding of our Truancy Court Program began in 2008.”
  • $60,000 from the Charles Crane Family Foundation. Babb called the grant “particularly meaningful,” as the foundation was the first funder of the TCP, in 2004, and has contributed to the support of the program every year since then.
  • $25,000 from the Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Said Babb, “We are very grateful for this opportunity to partner with OSI-Baltimore, with whom we have worked closely for many years on attendance issues.”

Babb reports that the Meyerhoff center is now operating the Truancy Court Program in more high schools than ever. The program operates in four Baltimore City schools and one Anne Arundel County school.

Babb added that the center had recently entered into a memo of understanding with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services that will allow the CFCC to work with a certain number of justice-involved youth via the Truancy Court Program.

Babb said she and her colleagues in the center are delighted to partner with DJS Secretary Sam Abed and his chief of staff, Jay Cleary, J.D. ’02.


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