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In 1978, the Governor's Office for Children began as the Office for Children and Youth (Chapter 426, Acts of 1978). It reorganized as the Office for Children, Youth, and Families in 1990 (Chapter 419, Acts of 1990). From January 1997 to July 2003, the Office functioned under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. In June 2005, the Office was restructured as the Governor's Office for Children (Executive Order 01.01.2005.34).

The Governor's Office for Children helps State and local government agencies and organizations assist young people effectively and economically. To provide care through early intervention, prevention, and community services, priority is given to children and families most vulnerable to abuse, neglect, substance abuse, failure at school, family disintegration, and other problems. In meeting such needs, advice on local resources and priorities comes to the Office from child advocacy groups and parents. The Office also informs families and the general public about programs and services for youth.

The Office works to ensure a stable, safe and healthful environment for children and families in Maryland. For programs and services affecting children and their families, the Office identifies inefficiencies, duplications, and gaps in services and resources. The Office then analyzes departmental plans and budget requests; reviews federal, State, local and private funds used by and available to the State; and identifies items in the Governor's budget that affect programs and services for children and their families. In addition, the Office issues impact statements and makes planning and expenditure recommendations to the Governor and department heads. The Office also advises the General Assembly on the needs of youth and their families (Code 1957, Art. 49D, secs. 1-29).

Appointed by the Governor, the Executive Director chairs the Children's Cabinet, and serves on the Cabinet Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice; the State Child Fatality Review Team; and the Interagency Disabilities Board.

The Office oversees two primary functional components: Finance and Operations; and Programs and Policy.


Finance and Operations was initiated in January 2000 under its present name. It reorganized in 2003 as Operations, responsible for Budget Administration, Human Resources, Procurement, and Subcabinet Fund Administration. When Operations disbanded in June 2005, the Fiscal Office was created to assume its financial responsibilities. In June 2006, it reverted to its original name.

Finance and Operations is responsible for Fiscal and Human Resources, and Information Systems.


Programs and Policy formed in January 2000 as Policy and Planning. It became Policies, Initiatives, and Councils in 2003, and reorganized as Interagency Policy Development in October 2004. In June 2006, it reorganized as Programs and Policy to oversee: Local Management Boards Monitoring; Local Management Boards Technical Assistance; Positive Youth Outcomes; and Research and Evaluation.

Local Management Boards Monitoring began in 2003 as Juvenile Justice and Local Management Boards Monitoring. It was then responsible for the Office of the Independent Juvenile Justice Monitor.

In 1995, Local Management Boards Technical Assistance started as the System Integration Support Division within the Office for Children, Youth, and Families. Renamed the Service Integration Division in 1996, it became System Integration in 1997, Community Partnerships for Children, Youth, and Families in December 1998, and Community Collaborations in 2003. In 2005, it reorganized as Local Management Boards. In June 2006, it further reorganized as Local Management Boards Monitoring, and Local Management Boards Technical Assistance.

Local Management Boards coordinates a system of local services for children and youth. Health, education, social and justice services are provided to young people who may be moved from their home because of abuse, neglect, delinquency, or special needs. In the community, the unit coordinates services so that Maryland children, placed in programs out-of-state, may be helped closer to home. This office is aided by the State Coordinating Council for Children.

Research and Evaluation formed in February 2001 as Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, and reorganized as Research, Evaluation, and Data Collection in 2003. It restructured under its present name in June 2006.

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