[photo, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Maryland] To receive funds through the federal Family Preservation and Support Act of 1993, Maryland, in 1994, began the Foster Care Court Improvement Project. The Project assessed how Maryland courts were handling cases of foster care, including those of child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and subsequent adoption. From that assessment, the State devised a plan, Improving Court Performance for Abused and Neglected Children, issued September 1997. Federal guidelines require the State to implement its plan.

Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Maryland, April 2015. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Maryland's plan recommended that the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals form the Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee to monitor the Project, and hire a Director to oversee the plan's implementation. In 1997, the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals authorized the Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee.

Through five subcommittees, the Foster Care Court-Improvement Implementation Committee works to carry out the recommendations included in the State plan. The Committee approved grant expenditures and proposed changes to statutes and rules. It also set priorities; fostered support and cooperation between judicial and executive agencies (& any other parties affected by implementation); and acted as judicial liaison with local, State and federal agencies.

The Committee's fourteen members were appointed by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals to three-year terms. Two members served ex officio.

With the reorganization of the Judicial Council in January 2015, the Committee at that time was replaced by the Foster Care Court Improvement Program Subcommittee of the Juvenile Law Committee.


Theresa M. Adams, Chair

Replaced by Legislative Policy and Legal Research Subcommittee in June 2012.

Katherine D. Savage, Chair

Replaced by Representation, Practice and Procedures Subcommittee in June 2012.

Patrick L. Woodward, Chair

Replaced by Quality Assurance and Improvement Subcommittee in June 2012.

David W. Young, Chair

Replaced by Training, Education and Development Subcommittee in June 2012.

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