In 1975, a group of six educational and mental health professionals established The Family Foundation, Inc. as 501(c)3 non-profit corporation “to provide educational, counseling, and charitable support to individuals, families, and organizations in need.”


The following year, under the auspices of the Foundation, we established The Frost School to provide educational and mental health services for emotionally disturbed adolescents and their families. For the first three years of The Frost School’s existence, we were housed in the Northwood Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

As we outgrew that space, we moved into the former Aspen Hill Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland and began a process of developing The Frost Center. Over the next 35 years, we expanded the Frost School by creating a series of small educational and counseling programs (an elementary program, a middle school program and several high school programs) to serve students from grade two through grade 12.

We also established The Frost Counseling Center to provide individual and group counseling to individuals and families who did not need the intensive intervention offered by the school.

In 2004, The Frost School merged into The Sheppard Pratt Health System, and The Frost School now continues to successfully serve a wide variety of children and their families in need of special education, mental health, and family therapy.

Additionally, since the establishment of the Foundation in 1975, we have provided direct financial assistance, in the form of grants, to young adults, families, and other programs.

Now, almost 40 years after the establishment of The Family Foundation, its founders are able to offer consultative services and an expanded financial grant program for individuals, groups, and nonprofit organizations that are working with or want to establish programs for children, adolescents, and families.