Anne Arundel County

This local office offers the following services.

Adoption Services

Focuses on developing profiles of children and the placement of children who are legally free to be adopted. Adoption services are provided to relatives and non-relative caretakers.  Post adoption services may include a monthly subsidy and medical assistance.

 For more information call: 410-269-4772

Adult Protective Services (APS)

Serves persons aged 18 and over who are unable to protect their own interests or are at risk of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation.  Adult Protective Services provides investigative services to protect the health, safety, and welfare of vulnerable adults.

Child Care Program

Also known as Purchase of Care (POC), coordinates child care services for eligible families and ensures payment to day care providers. Child Care services are provided to Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) customers participating in a work activity or a substance abuse treatment program as well as to other low-income working families.

Child Support Enforcement

Location & Contact Information
Child Support Enforcement Hours:
Mon-Fri, 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Anne Arundel County
Office of Child Support Enforcement
44 Calvert Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Customer Service: 1-800-332-6347
Automated Customer Service and Payment Information: 1-800-723-9937
Facsimile: 410-222-2804

Meredith Gupton, Director
Wendy Weeks, Special Counsel-Lead Attorney

More Information & Resources
Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office
Circuit Courthouse
7 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-222-1262 fax

Community Initiatives

The Community Initiatives unit provides outreach programs, services, volunteers and students to the agency. Contact Chris Poulsen, Program Manager at 410-269-4460 or

Holiday Sharing
Holiday Sharing matches donors to seniors and/or families in need during Thanksgiving & Christmas. Donors shop for food, clothing, and toys for the holiday and personally deliver to the household. Volunteers staff the office from the end of September until January 1st. This program has been in operation for 35 years at DSS. For questions please contact us at 410-269-4462 or

To donate to Anne Arundel County Holiday sharing, please click the donate button below.

Back-To-School Donor Program
Remember the excitement of the first day of school? Your new notebooks, pencils and backpack?

Share that memory by assisting a child who needs help getting ready for the next school year. For 24 years we have helped elementary school children who qualify for Federal Lunch assistance in Anne Arundel County.

Here’s how the program works:

  • Donors (individuals, businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and groups) are matched with children in need of school supplies and are provided a standardized list of the required supplies. The donors purchase supplies and backpacks and deliver the items to the Guidance Office at the elementary schools the 2nd week in August.
  • On average, school supplies cost between $50 and $75, depending upon the child’s grade in school.

It’s easy to help! Simply fill out the Back to School Donor Form below and submit it to us. Beginning in July, we’ll e-mail you the name of a child (ren) you can help. Please check your SPAM filter for correspondence. For more information, contact the Back to School Program office at 410-269-4462 or .

This is a joint program between the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services and the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The program matches donors with children in elementary schools who are in need of school supplies and backpacks. Donors shop and deliver the supplies to the schools in the County. Volunteers staff the office from May until September 1st.

To donate to the Anne Arundel County Back to School Program, please click the donate button below.

Generous Juror Program
This program creates a lay fund to support activities that benefit foster children in the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services and the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA). This program is funded solely on the benevolence of jurors who donate their jury duty stipend to this account. Expenditures from this fund are only for items and services not covered under any current Federal, State or County budgets. Volunteers are needed to talk to the jurors at the Circuit Court in Annapolis, Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9:00 am – 9:30 am.

Homeless Resource Day
The County Executive sponsors this “one-day, one stop” event where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can access benefits, medical care, substance abuse resources, mental health counseling, and a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to housing and self sufficiency. It is a way to offer short and long term services to homeless residents of Anne Arundel County in one central location. Adults will also benefit from transportation, haircuts, housing information, job assistance, MVA, veteran’s benefits, credit counseling and other quality of life resources.

Homeless Resource Day relies on volunteers and donations from the community. You can help by donating your time, goods, services, or money. Food donations are detailed in the donation flyer. Other non-monetary donations include: socks, underwear, backpacks, personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.), disposable wipes, and hand sanitizers (all in trial or travel sizes). Monetary donations can be sent to: Anne Arundel Department of Social Services, 80 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, ATTN: Homeless Resource Day. Please visit the Anne Arundel County website at beginning in the late fall of every year for more details on how you can help.

Homeless Services
Under the homeless services is the Homeless Coordinator. The Homeless Coordinator works closely with the homeless service providers and shelters in the county and manages the homeless database (Homless Management Information System). Homeless services includes Anne Arundel County’s Annual Homeless Resource Day held at the end of March. Homeless services also include the coordination of the Annual Homeless Point In Time Survey and the Annual Homeless Assessment Report.

Please contant Justin Bieler at 410-269-4749 or for more information.

Mentoring Program
Volunteer Mentors are matched with at-risk youth in the Child Welfare Program. Mentors are trained to work one-on-one and in-group settings with children in a structured year-long relationship. The mentors work as part of a team with our social workers. The mentors act as positive role models providing guidance and support. Male mentors are especially needed. Contact or 410-269-4461

Representative Payee Program
The Representative Payee program matches volunteers with single adults who are mentally or physically disabled. The volunteers handle the finances for these adults. Referrals into the program are made through county agency staff. This program is for adults who are financially dependent upon Social Security with some small pension. Training is provided for volunteers.

Volunteers are used throughout the agency assisting units and aiding programs. The agency places 20-25 students each year. These students are completing a field placement in social work for school credit. Students may be from a community college, college or graduate school level.

Family Support Services

Assists in the preservation of families and rebuilding of lives to prevent out-of-home placement. Anyone can make a referral, but the family must be willing to accept services.

Food Stamps (FS)

Increases the food purchasing capability of families and individuals. Most persons receiving TCA and TDAP are eligible for Food Stamps, as are others with low income.

Foster Care Services (FCS)

Provides services to court-committed children and to adults who are interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

 To apply to become a Foster parent, please call: 410-897-3901

 In-Home Aide Services (IHAS)

Provides services to the elderly, disabled, ill, handicapped and those who need assistance with daily activities in order to remain in their homes. In addition, IHAS provides a parenting and job readiness program.

Medical Assistance (MA)

Provides a federal entitlement program that allows low-income individuals to obtain medical care and treatment.

Where can I find a Healthcare Access Maryland navigator to help me sign up for health insurance or Medical Assistance?

Project HOME

Manages the Certified Adult Residential Environment (CARE) housing programs and provides supportive housing and case management to disabled adults, including persons with AIDS.

Social Services to Adults (SSTA)

Provides social work services to persons aged 18 years and older who are not caring for children. Case management and crisis intervention services provide customers with links to community resources and internal BCDSS programs.

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Provides a time limited cash assistance program for families to promote individual responsibility and self-sufficiency.