Our Mission

The Family Tree leads Maryland in preventing child abuse, connects caring communities, and builds strong families to improve society for generations.


In Maryland, a child is reported abused or neglected every 10 minutes. For every reported case of abuse, two go unreported. Child abuse and neglect cost Maryland taxpayers $1.5 billion each year. Yet for every $1 invested in our cause of prevention, it is estimated that the state saves $15 on treating its long-term effects.

The Family Tree is the leading authority in Maryland for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Our Vision is that all children are raised in safe and supportive families and communities. We do that through proven, research-based programs that strengthen families and break the cycle of abuse and neglect. These programs include:

  • Parenting education programs
  • Family guidance programs
  • Support groups
  • Home visitation
  • Child and youth development programs
  • Family life workshops
  • 24-hour Parenting HelpLine

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