An article in the Jan. 21 Howard County Weekly gave incorrect information about a group called Parents Anonymous of Maryland. The volunteer organization is a self-help support group for parents who have abused their children or are at risk of being abusive. For more information about the proposed Howard County chapter of Parents Anonymous, call Jim Lynch at 728-7021. (Published 1/28/88)

With the number of reported child abuse cases on the rise, a statewide support group for parents and victims of child abuse has announced plans to form a chapter in Howard County.

James B. Lynch of Parents Anonymous of Maryland said the volunteer group has decided to set up a chapter here for families victimized by child abuse. The first organizational meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. today at the Howard County Youth Resources Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

Reports of child abuse in Howard are expected to increase substantially during the next 12 years, according to a recent trend report completed by the United Way of Maryland.

There were 167 reported cases of child abuse in Howard in 1986, the last year full statistics are available from the county police department. The previous year, 113 child abuse cases were reported, police said.

Parents Anonymous, which receives grant funding from the state Department of Human Resources, has 15 chapters in Maryland, including ones in Montgomery and Prince George's counties as well as the city of Baltimore, Lynch said. In addition to Howard, the self-help organization plans to open chapters by July in Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Garrett, Charles and Frederick counties, he said.

For more information on the new Howard chapter, call Parents Anonymous at 728-7021.