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Welcome to the Washington County Department of Social Services page.

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We offer 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.

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
Washington County
Department of Social Services
Office of Child Support Enforcement
122 North Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

Mailing Address
Washington County Department of Social Services
Office of Child Support Enforcement
P.O. Box 1419
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741

Customer Service: 1-800-332-6347
Automated Customer Service & Payment Information: 1-800-723-9937
Facsimile: 240-420-2112

Barbara Moyer, Assistant Director for Child Support
Debbie Mills, Supervisor
Rebecca Dick, Supervisor
R. Daivd Pembroke, Attorney
Jill Meyers, Fiscal Supervisor

More Information & Resources
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
500 Western Maryland Parkway
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

Douglas Mullendore, Sheriff

Washington County Clerk of the Circuit Court
Dennis Weaver, Circuit Court Clerk

Customer’s Rights & Responsibilities

Customer’s Rights
As a customer of the Washington County Department of Social Services, you have the following rights:

  • Not to be discriminated against because of your race, color, or national origin.
  • To have your case record kept private;
  • To help develop your Service Plan;
  • To make suggestions or complaints when you think your services or benefits are wrong or you disagree with a decision;
  • To get appropriate services that follow State, federal, and local laws and regulations;
  • To be treated with respect and courtesy; and
  • To appeal if our Agency denies, delays, lowers, or stops benefits or services.
Customer’s Responsibilities
As a customer receiving services, it is your responsibility to:

  • Treat staff with respect and courtesy;
  • Give correct and complete information about yourself, your family and other people in your home;
  • Work with your Case Manager to create a Service Plan and do the things listed in the plan;
  • Help make choices about your service. Your family or legal guardian may also have the right to help you make these choices;
  • Tell your Case Manager immediately about all changes in your or your family’s living situation, address, employment, other income or resources, and health, financial and legal status;
  • Comply with these terms. Failure to do so may result in discharge or termination of benefits or services.

Documents and Newsletters

WCDSS Dispatch – Winter 2014

WCDSS Dispatch – Fall 2015

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.

Partners in Press

Partners in Press – Spring 2014

Partners in Press – Fall 2014

Partners in Press – Winter 2014

Press Releases

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.

Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)

Provides a state-funded cash assistance program for medical, housing and other services to disabled adults who are ineligible for other cash assistance programs.

Job Announcement

Job Application

Washington County Internal Application for Non-Merit Washington County Department of Social Services Position

How To Apply For Benefits Online

1. Go to
2. Select “Start/Update Application” from navigation menu
3. Select “Start Application”
4. Answer the questions
5. Complete and submit the application by signing electronically
6. Wait to be contacted by mail or phone by Washington County DSS