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Dorchester County

Special Announcements:

On September 29th 2014, we’re having our 4th Annual Community Resource Day. If you or your family is homeless, or at the risk of becoming homeless, please come to this event in order to get the resources that you need. Click here to learn more.
 

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.

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.

Annual Report

Dorchester County Annual Report, 2013

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
Location
Dorchester County
Department of Social Services
Office of Child Support Enforcement
627 Race Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Customer Service: 1-800-332-6347
Automated Customer Service & Payment Information: 1-800-723-9937
Facsimile: 410-901-1029

More Information & Resources
Carmen Pratt, Assistant Director
410-901-4181

Loretta Tyler, Supervisor

Susan Bacon, Fiscal Supervisor

Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Dorchester County Courthouse
206 High Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Michael Baker, Clerk of the Circuit Court
410-228-0481

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.

 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.

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.