Children's agency to discuss future, officials' tenure

April 11, 1993|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

Tenure and the future of a state support group will top the agenda when officials from the Carroll County Children's Council meet Tuesday with Commissioner Donald I. Dell.

Council President Linda Ebersole and Secretary Emily Ferren said at a meeting last week that they want to continue the efforts of the council.

"There is a possibility that the State Advisory Council, which is an umbrella agency for children's councils throughout the state, may disband," Ms. Ferren said. "But we have the choice to continue at the local level.

"We want to review the importance of our council with Commissioner Dell and let him know that we want to keep going, because we feel children's issues are a priority."

The Children's Council represents 16 agencies in the county and has had a voice in Carroll for more than 15 years. Members are appointed by the county commissioners and can serve two consecutive three-year terms.

The present bylaws state that one year must elapse before a two-term member can return to the council.

"We have eight members who are scheduled to leave the council as of Nov. 1, 1993. This includes the president, vice president and secretary," Ms. Ferren said.

"We are hoping to see if we can retain at least one of the eight members to keep the continuity."

In other business at the meeting, Hope Jacobs, coordinator for Carroll County's Infants and Toddlers Program, told the council about specific services provided by the nonprofit program for children under 3.

The 5-year-old program serves 78 children experiencing delays in cognitive, physical, speech, language, social or self-help skills.

Infants and Toddlers, financed by the federal government, receives support from county agencies, including the school board, Department of Social Services, CHANGE Inc. and Human Services Programs Inc. The lead agency for the program is the Carroll County Health Department.

The Infants and Toddlers Program is free. To qualify, a child must be diagnosed with a delay of at least 25 percent in one or more of the developmental areas, or have Down syndrome or epilepsy.

... The Children's Council will sponsor its fifth annual Children's Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at Cranberry Mall.

About 35 nonprofit agencies relating to child services will have displays, and representatives will be on hand to pass out brochures and answer questions.

Activities for children will include a story time and a fashion show.

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