Initiative helps place more children in permanent homes.
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Over the past five years, the number of Maryland children in foster care has dropped 35 percent, from 10,330 in 2007 to 6,709 in 2012, according to a story in the Baltimore Sun. Theodore Dallas, secretary of the Department of Human Resources told The Sun a statewide initiative called Place Matters is largely responsible for reducing the number of children in foster care. The program fosters better collaboration between the court system, better data analysis and works with birth families earlier in the process to more efficiently dissolve the rights of the biological parents. Dallas describes the program as "a dramatic sea change in the way we do things." Children in the foster care program leave via one of four methods—adoption, returning…
Kiersten Lyons -- who has appeared on 'Mad Men' and has a recurring role on 'The Neighbors' -- will perform 'Crushed' at The Arts Barn on Thursday and Friday; proceeds will go to Reece’s Rainbow
Television actress Kiersten Lyons, originally from Germantown, is bringing her one-woman show "Crushed" to Gaithersburg on Thursday and Friday to help raise money for a nonprofit that helps children with Down syndrome find adoptive homes, The Gazette reports. Lyons will perform at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. Proceeds from Friday’s show will go to Reece’s Rainbow, an organization based in Gaithersburg, and two families who are adopting disabled children, according to The Gazette, which offers the full story on its website, Gazette.net. Reece’s Rainbow is an advocacy group and foundation involved in helping orphaned children with Down syndrome find homes, according to the organization’s website, ReecesRainbow.org. The organization, which …