San Mar Exists today
to provide appropriate
structure, healthy
nurture and abundant opportunities to children and youth in need that they may become productive members of society tomorrow.

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Anna K Findlay Brochure ThumbThe San Mar Group Home for girls

Founded in 1883, as an orphanage for boys and girls in need, the home has provided care to hundreds of children and youth. Today, the home operates to provide care to adolescent and preadolescent girls who have experienced the traumas of abuse, molestation, and general family dysfunction. It is San Mar's mission to enable these girls to understand and address the issues they are facing and move forward to become successful and productive members of society. The group home provides care for 20 girls.

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Jack Barr Therapeutic Group HomeThe Jack E. Barr Therapeutic Group Home for girls

Opened in August of 1997, this home for eight girls has quickly established a reputation for addressing the needs of those girls needing more structure than what is available in the main group home. Services are very intense. Girls completing this program may move directly into any of San Mar's other programs as is deemed appropriate by the treatment team.

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Jack Barr Therapeutic Group HomeThe Allegany Girls’ Therapeutic Group Home

The Allegany Girls’ Therapeutic Group Home joined the San Mar Continuum of Care on July 1, 2011. Located in Cumberland, MD the group home had been operated by the Cumberland YMCA under a License of the State Department of Juvenile Services (DJS). When the YMCA made the decision to give up the license, the state turned to San Mar to replicate San Mar’s Culture of Care, build on what the Y had established and increase services to the level of a Therapeutic Group Home. San Mar’s Board of Mangers approved the expansion, San Mar completed the application process, and the state’s Mental Hygiene Administration granted the license to operate the home for eight girls.

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The Edward and Pauline Anderson Transitional Living Home

Opened in 1990, this home serves three of the older girls who have completed the large group home program. It is designed to prepare girls for life on their own, when they leave San Mar.

Henry & Florence Graff Life Readiness Academy

It is the intention of San Mar for each girl to be afforded a main stream education in the public school system whenever possible. When such participation is not possible or feasible due to either academic problems or behavioral difficulties, the girl is then educated in San Mar's on-grounds school program. San Mar is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education as a Type III School. Girls in the program receive individual attention to their educational and behavioral needs.

Jack Barr Therapeutic Group HomeThe San Mar Treatment Foster Care
Program for boys and girls

In 1991, San Mar was licensed by the Department of Human Resources as a Licensed Child Placement Agency. Shortly thereafter, a program of Treatment Foster Care was begun as a means of initially providing nurturing and caring homes to girls no longer needing the high level of structure provided by the group home. This quickly expanded to serve both boys, and younger girls who had never been in residential care. San Mar recruits, trains, licenses, supports, and encourages families willing to open their home and share their family with a child in need.

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The San Mar Adoption Program

Attention: Parents considering adoption or in the process of adoption!

San Mar will work closely with other adoption agencies to complete home studies.

If you have begun your adoption process with another agency you may remain with that agency for the entire process. Waiting for a home study to be completed for either a domestic or an international adoption can be quite a delay. We are able to work with you and your agency to complete that study in a timely manner.

Contact our adoption program for specifics.