Children 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, §5-323 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


Jurisdiction(s) Served

Child Advocacy Project of the Eastern Shore, Inc.
100 Church Alley
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-0266
Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester Counties
Children’s Legal Services of Baltimore, LLC
P.O. Box 2887
Brooklyn, MD 21225
(410) 609-2444
Baltimore City
Darlene Wakefield, P.A. 
809 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 201
Baltimore, MD 21221
(410) 574-7032
Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll, Harford, Howard Counties
Lazarus Legal Group, P.C.
1120 North Charles Street, Suite 410
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 539-4428
Baltimore City, Montgometry County
Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
The Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Building
500 E. Lexington Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 951-7682
Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s Counties
Patricia A. Patton Legal & Mediation Services P.A.
21 Summit Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 416-7640
Washington County
The Franklin Law Group, P.C.
1007 Ingleside Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21228
(410) 788-1124
Baltimore City, Baltimore County