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Friday, September 24 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Twice Blessed

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Interdisciplinary approach to the representation of parents (who have intellectual and/or mental health diagnoses) in reuniting with their children. The foster care system disproportionally impacts women of color and especially those who are twice blessed with intellectual and/or mental health diagnoses. This session will focus on the work begun by the Baltimore County Parental Defense Office to create an attorney and social worker team to focus on the unique challenges of this population of parents, developing realistic reunification plans and their ability to successful meet the needs of their children, children who often times have their own intellectual and/or mental health diagnoses.

The session will be presented by the Supervising Attorney and Clinical Social Worker assigned to the Baltimore County Parental Defense Office. There will be information presented on how prevalent the challenges are faced by this population, efforts around the country to address the needs, with emphasis on the strategies and lessons learned through case studies in Baltimore County.


Beverly Schulterbrandt

Parental Defense Supervisor, Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Beverly Schulterbrandt is the Supervising Attorney for the Parental Defense Division – Baltimore County, Maryland.  She rejoined the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in 2013.  From 1998-2002, Ms. Schulterbrandt worked as an Assistant Public Defender and then Supervising... Read More →
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Mwuese L. Igyor

Defense Social Worker, Parental Defense Division – Baltimore County
Mwuese L. Igyor, LCSW-C is the Defense Social Worker for the Parental Defense Division – Baltimore County, Maryland. She has been with the office of the public defender since the inception of the program new social work initiative in January 2021. As a Masters level intern Mwuese... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT