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 Resources. 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

Firm Name


Jurisdiction(s) Served

Jennings Law Firm
Project manager – Sharon Jennings
109 South Second Street
Denton, MD 21629
(410) 479-2800
Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Counties
Children’s Legal Services of Baltimore, LLC.
Project manager – Chris Robinson
P.O. Box 2887
Brooklyn, MD 21225
(410) 609-2444
Baltimore City
Darlene A. Wakefield, P.A.
Project manager – Darlene Wakefield
809 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21221
(410) 574-7032
Baltimore City, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Prince George’s, Washington Counties
The Lazarus Legal Group, P.C.
Project manager – Ronna Lazarus
1120 North Charles Street, Suite 410
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 539-4428
Baltimore City, Baltimore, Montgomery County
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Project manager – Gustava Taler
The Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Building 500 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 951-7682
Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Dorchester, Kent, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s Counties
Feehan Law Group
Project manager – Christina Feehan
12417 Ocean Gateway, Suite B11, #232
Ocean City, MD 21842
(443) 235-0081
Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester Counties
Law Office of Carolyn White
Project manager – Carolyn White
200 E. Lexington Street, Suite 407
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-9311
Baltimore City, Baltimore County
The Franklin Law Group, P.C.
Project manager – Stephanie Franklin
1007 Ingleside Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21228
(410) 788-1124
Baltimore City, Baltimore County