About Us

MARFY members provide services through more than 200 programs across the state. Among our members, we have a large number of multi-service organizations providing a broad range of residential, nonresidential and educational programs and services.  We have several smaller member agencies providing as few as one discrete service. We also have corporate sponsors that support our work and provide discounted products and services to our members.

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Mission

MARFY empowers the provider community to advocate for a system of care in Maryland that meets the needs of children and families.

Vision

Youth and families that experience the child caring system in Maryland are empowered and supported with a flexible, responsive system that enables their long-term success.

Core Beliefs

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Relationships Matter

Children and youth need support to cultivate and develop long-term relationships and trust in order to take steps toward their own long-term well-being.

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Family and You-Centered System of Care

Services are family-driven and youth guided, empower their voice and reflect their values.

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The Voice of Providers

The voice of providers is critical in order to achieve a high-quality system of care.

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The System of Care is Responsible for Long-Term Success

The system of care needs to attend to the needs of children and families throughout transitions in care and into their young adulthood.

Goals

Give voice to children and families to enable the system to be more responsive to their needs.

a. Gather stories and other input from children and families to share about how they feel the system of care can be improved.
b. Explore multi-media communications to raise their voices.
c. Promote improvements to the system of care based on the input of children and families.

Utilize evidence, data, and research to improve the system of care.

a. Advocate for the state to commission an independent study of the impact of the current child caring system on youth, with attention to safety, well-being and health.
b. Follow national and state research and data to inform providers, state agencies and policy makers about the best practices and how best to promote them in Maryland.

Achieve greater effectiveness and efficiency in the way that provider agencies are funded and regulated.

a. Explore options for reform of the funding mechanisms for “money follows the youth” and other models that will enable long-term relationships and greater well-being.
b. Collect and address “micro-cases” of bureaucratic issues that cause unnecessary strain on children/families and on providers and address them collectively through advocacy.

Enable Maryland’s community of service providers to network, share information, and build their capacity for excellence.

a. Hold conference, workshops, and events that promote the good work of providers, enable providers to network with each other and with the state, and promote youth achievement.
b. Provide forums to take collective action and share information through coalitions and online forums.
c. Ensure sustainability through partnerships, increasing member benefits, grant and sponsor support, and making dues more affordable.

History

1971
MARFY was established as the Maryland Association of Residential Facilities for Youth by a group of private providers of residential services to children in state supervised care to advocate for adequate resources to meet the needs of the vulnerable youth they served.
1981
The Association was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of Maryland. The Association applied for and was granted Federal tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
1983
MARFY first hired staff, beginning with one full time employee.  From time to time we have employed part time and/or temporary staff whose positions were supported by grants for Action Plan related projects.
1993
The name of the Association was changed to the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth to better reflect the scope of services provided by its members and in particular a growing number of nonresidential programs and services and State Department of Education approved schools and education programs provided by our members.
Today
MARFY has 45 agency members providing services through more than 200 programs across the state.  In recent years the number of agency members has remained largely the same although the number of programs represented has grown substantially.  This has resulted from a significant number of mergers and program expansion and diversification undertaken by our members.  Among our members, we have a large number of multi-service organizations providing a broad range of residential, nonresidential and educational programs and services.  We have several smaller member agencies providing as few as one discrete service. We have ten corporate sponsors that support our work and provide discounted products and services to our members.