Family Services Program
Family Support Services Coordinator
Family Support Services
Circuit Court for Cecil County
129 East Main Street
Elkton, Maryland 21921
The following services and programs are now available to the Circuit Court for Cecil County:
- Parenting Seminars
- Custody/Visitation Mediation
- Custody Evaluation
- Facilitated Visitation and Transfers
- Case Monitoring/Parent Coordination
- Psychological or Substance Abuse Evaluations
- Family Law Assistance
- List of Mediators (Domestic and Civil)
A six-hour course entitled Parenting for Parents Living Apart is offered monthly. The course is taught by licensed social workers from Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services, Inc. The course provides co-parenting education on topics including the effects of divorce and separation on children, effective parenting after separation, and skill building for parents living apart. Seminars are held the last two Wednesdays of every month from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Cecil County Circuit Courthouse, Jury basement office, 129 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921. Pre-register by calling 410-996-3115. Participants are allowed to bring guests with pre-registration. There is no fee for the classes.
Custody/Visitation Mediation assists parents and/or caretakers to reach agreements, define issues or improve communication regarding the care and parenting of children. Parties may meet with a mediator in order to clarify issues of agreement and disagreement, and to work toward development of a parenting plan. The fee for this service is $100.00 per hour. Parties who meet certain financial requirements may receive mediation services at no cost. Others are referred to private mediators.
In order to provide families and the Court with information regarding children, a brief or long term evaluation may be done by trained mental health providers. Families are given the opportunity to utilize the information obtained in the evaluation to develop their own parenting plan, or the information can be provided to the Court in assisting with the determination of a disputed custody case.
In cases where there is a urgent matter regarding the welfare of a child, staff will meet with the reporting parent or party and make appropriate referrals within the Court or to other agencies and services providers.
Family visitation centers are available in Elkton (718 Bridge St.). These services are provided at a cost. The Family Visitation Center is a place for parents and children to visit that is safe, relaxed and non-conflict oriented. Parents and children can spend time constructively and enjoy their time together. The cost for this service is an intake fee of $65 per party. The facilitated visitation is $30 per hour and monitored exchanges are $7 per party. The Center is open Wednesday evenings, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, for a limited period of time. For information and registration contact Robin Lucas-Pratt, Visitation Center Coordinator at (410) 398-4060.
In families that require frequent intervention, an evaluator will be assigned to assist a family with problems which arise between hearings and after hearings. Case monitoring and parent coordination are utilized to decrease the amount of frequent litigations/hearings.
Individuals requiring psychological evaluations are referred to a licensed psychologist. Individuals requiring substance abuse screening are referred to the Cecil County Health Department or private providers within the community.
An attorney is available to provide consultation for income eligible individuals. There is no fee for this service. This service is provided in Room 205, 2nd Floor of the Courthouse on the following days/times:
Monday: 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.*
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.*
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Legal Aid Intake by phone at (410) 836-8202 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services Intake by phone at 1-800-510-0050 on Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
For more information on Family Law Assistance, please call the Family Support Services office at (410) 996-1157.
* Attorney from Legal Aid Bureau