Contemporary Family Services, Inc. (CFS) has strived to be the premier strengths-based provider of holistic and seamless systems of care for the most vulnerable children and families since 1998. In 2017 with support of funding from a grant by Prince Georges County Health Department Suburban Maryland Ryan White Part A Administrative Agent we were able to add Ryan White HIV/AIDS services. These resources are a part of the Washington DC EMA funding from the federal government Health Resource Administration (HRSA) for the treatment and care of those impacted by HIV/AIDS. CFS has assembled a unique team to identify, educate, engage, treat and care for youth and adults that are HIV/AIDS positive. Our team service delivery model organically integrates counseling, support groups and wrap-around services that will help to enhance participant’s lives in Suburban Maryland and the greater region of Washington, DC.
Ryan White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990)  was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States, after being expelled from middle school because of his infection. A hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, but AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance.  A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the case made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. He appeared frequently in the media with celebrities such as Elton John, Michael Jackson and Phil Donahue. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted and died in April 1990, one month prior to his high school graduation.
Before White, AIDS was a disease widely associated with the male gay community, because it was first diagnosed among gay men. That perception shifted as White and other prominent HIV-infected people, such as Magic Johnson, the Ray brothers and Kimberly Bergalis, appeared in the media to advocate for more AIDS research and public education to address the epidemic. The U.S. Congress passed a major piece of AIDS legislation, the Ryan White Care Act, shortly after White’s death. The Act was reauthorized in 2006 and again on October 30, 2009; Ryan White Programs are the largest provider of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.