Child in Need of Assistance
The Maryland Legal Services Program (MLSP) is a program within the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Human Services. MLSP oversees the contracts for the legal representation of children involved in Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) proceedings in Maryland. Legal services for CINA cases are secured by contract through a highly competitive and confidential procurement process. These contracts ensure that a high standard of legal representation is provided to abused and neglected children directly involved in the Maryland foster care system. Legal representation is provided to these children for the duration of their time in need, and enables the MLSP to maintain an efficient fee-based, fiscally responsible payment structure through State contracts.
Pursuant to the Annotated Code of Maryland, Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article, §3-813 and Family Law Article, §5-307 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, children who are involved in CINA, Voluntary Placement, TPR, Guardianship and related Adoption proceedings are entitled to representation. MLSP manages the legal services contracts Statewide and is charged with ensuring that children involved in the State’s child welfare system receive quality legal representation for the duration of their time in need. MLSP is required to provide compensation to attorneys for legal services rendered for children involved in the child welfare system.
Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) Providers
|Jennings law firm, LLC.
|109 South Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
|Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County|
|Children’s Legal Services of Baltimore, LLC.
|P.O. Box 2887
Brooklyn, MD 21225
|Darlene A. Wakefield, PA
Darlene A. Wakefield
|2107 Laurel Bush Rd., Suite 101
Bel Air, MD. 21015
|Baltimore City, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Prince George’s, Washington Counties|
|Podzius Birch Law Group, LLC.
|199 E. Montgomery Ave. Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850
|Williams, McClernan, & Stack, LLC.
|P.O. Box 188
22715 Washington St., Ste. 201
Leonardtown, MD 20650
|Calvert County, Charles County, St. Mary’s County|
|Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
|The Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Building 500 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
|Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Calvert County, Caroline County, Cecil County, Charles County, Dorchester County, Frederick County, Garrett County, Harford County, Kent County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, St. Mary’s County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Washington County, Wicomico County, Worcester County|
|The Law Firm of Sharon M. Donahue
|11724 Ocean Gateway, Suite 3
Ocean City, MD 21842
|Somerset County, Wicomico County, Worcester County|
|The Franklin Law Group, P.C.
Stephanie S. Franklin
|10451 Mill Run Circle Suite 605
Owings Mills, MD 21117
|Allegany County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Frederick County, Howard County|