OFFICE FOR CHILDREN AND
Dorothy V. Harris, Director for Children & Youth
301 W Preston St., Suite 1502
Baltimore, MD 21201 225-4160
Budget Code 23.01.05.02
FY1989 Total Appropriation.................$463,947
Special Funds..........................................$ 25,050
Federal Funds.........................................$ 36,652
FY1989 Total Authorized Positions....................6
Annual Report of Office for Children and Youth to
Governor & the public.
Annual Report of Governor's Council on Child Abuse
and Neglect to Governor & General Assembly.
The Office for Children and Youth was estab-
lished in 1978 (Chapter 426, Acts of 1978). The
Office helps agencies, local governments, and orga-
nizations to carry out their functions involving chil-
dren and youth effectively and economically. The
Office also helps families and the general public
learn about programs and services for children and
The Director for Children and Yauth evaluates
public and private programs, services, and plans for
children, from birth through age eighteen, to iden-
tify duplications and gaps in service delivery, pro-
gram resources, inefficiencies, and unmet needs. For
children's programs and services, the Director se-
cures and analyzes departmental plans and budget
requests; reviews federal, State, local, and private
funds used by and available to the State; identifies
and collates relevant Governor's budget items; is-
sues impact statements; and makes planning and
expenditure recommendations to the Governor by
September 15 th annually and to appropriate de-
partment heads as needed.
The Director maintains liaison with departments
and local governments to coordinate services and
the use of existing resources. The Director also
implements priority programs identified by the Ad-
visory Committee for Children and Youth. With
representative local Children's Councils and other
child advocacy groups, including parents, the Di-
rector receives advice on the resources, needs, and
priorities of different localities. In addition, the
Director provides public information on children's
services in the State and advises the legislature on
the needs of children and their families.
The Director for Children and Youth is ap-
pointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Gover-
nor and is directly responsible to the Governor.
The Office of Children and Youth consists of the
Director, twenty-four local Children's Councils, the
Advisory Committee for Children and Youth, the
Governor's Youth Advisory Council, and the
Governor's Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Authorization for the Office continues until July 1,
1994 (Code 1957, Art. 49D, secs. 1-6).
A brochure, newsletter subscription, position
papers, and updates on State legislation are avail-
able upon request.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN
Chairperson: Nancy S. Grasmick, 1990
Wallace Brengle; Sheryi B. Chapman; Delores C.
Datcher; Madeline Moore; Valerie von Allman.
Terms expire 1988.
Kathleen V. Fox; Betty J. Johnson; Therese W.
Lansburgh; Deborah D. Taylor. Terms expire 1989.
Ex officio: Adele Wilzack, Secretary of Health &
Mental Hygiene; Philip C. Holmes, for Secretary of
Human Resources; Dr. J. Calvin Buford, for State
Superintendent of Schools.
The Advisory Committee for Children and
Youth monitors activities of the Office for Children
and Youth and periodically reports its findings to
the Director. The Committee also reviews issues