About Us

We are the Center for Urban Families.

  • A leading voice in the national conversation on responsible fatherhood.
  • A staunch advocate for child support reform in Maryland.
  • A trainer that helps non-profits across the country strengthen low-income families.
  • A support network for Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens.
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Our core mission is to strengthen urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic success.

Addressing Our City’s Most Pressing Issues

Since our founding in 1999, CFUF has remained at the forefront of addressing some of our city’s most pressing issues, including poverty, unemployment, father-absence, and family disintegration. We maintain an unwavering focus on addressing the key challenges of Baltimore’s urban families by working to connect fathers to their children, creating opportunities for economic and financial security through work, and providing access to other key interventions and supportive services.

Restoration in Baltimore

Central to CFUF’s mission is the belief that men—the most disconnected and underserved citizens in urban communities—who connect with women, their children, and the workplace are key to the restoration of stability and optimism. Consistent with this mission, our organizational goal is to assist individuals in regaining the personal power needed to benefit their families and communities.

29,000+ Baltimoreans Served

Since 1999, CFUF has served over 29,000 vulnerable Baltimoreans, providing the bridge that many have needed to attain stability, while emerging as a leader in the national conversation on responsible fatherhood and black male achievement. Today, we’ve grown to serve more than 1,400 men and women a year, securing over 4,154 full time jobs for them upon completion of the workforce development initiative.
(Verified as of 12/31/2017)

All In—Our Comprehensive Approach

CFUF works with 1,400 men and women each year through comprehensive program offerings that are designed to help individuals and families attain and sustain economic self-sufficiency.

All In is the Center for Urban Families’ comprehensive strategy to accelerate social and economic opportunity and advocate for policies that promote equity and racial justice. Leveraging 20 years of positive impact and applied learnings, the All In strategy targets two critical areas: chronic unemployment and family instability. The approach links individual accountability, person-centered case management, and supportive networks with workforce development training, education, and civic engagement. All In dismantles poverty and builds long-term social and economic prosperity that results in brighter futures for our members, their families, and the communities in which they live.

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