For over 20 years, the Family Welfare Research and Training Group, led by Dr. Catherine E. Born, has partnered with the Maryland Department of Human Resources and with local agencies in welfare and child support research, training, and policy development.

Our focus is helping management, front-line staff, legislators, and advocates meet the many challenges associated with implementing and evaluating welfare and child support reform. We provide research, training and information services that shape and enhance policies and program for Maryland's families. In addition, we are active participants in policy workgroups, task forces, and legislative hearings.

On this site, you will find our reports, in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as well as information on our group.


FWRTG offers training to Maryland FIA staff. Click here to download the 2014-2015 course catalog.

2016 Annual Update
Letitia Passarella
Lisa Thiebaud Nicoli
Lauren A. Hall

Maryland Child
Support Guidelines:
2011 - 2014
Case-Level Review

Lauren Hall
Natalie Demyan
Letitia Passarella

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