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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.
♦  Call: 410-685-8231

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.

 For more information call: 443-423-6612

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.

 For more information call: 443-423-9895
♦ Office Address: 1223 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore 21223

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.
 Referral Line: 443-423-6300 (M-F, 8:30-5pm)

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.
 For more information call: 443-423-6400

Foster Care Services (FCS)

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

♦ call: 410-685-8231
♦ Office Address: 3001 E. Biddle Street, Baltimore 21213

♦Energy Team: 443-423-6000
♦ Eviction Prevention: 410-878-8650 (or 410-878-8634)

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.
 For more information call: 443-423-4214

Intake and Assessment

Screens and investigates reports of child maltreatment and provides services to children found to be abused or neglected.

 To report suspected abuse call: 410-361-2235
♦ Office Address: 1900 N. Howard Street, Baltimore

Medical Assistance (MA)

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

 For more information call: 443-423-6400

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.
 For more information: 410-361-5000

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.
 Adult Services Central Intake Unit: 410-361-6600 (M-F 8:30-5 pm)

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Provides a time limited cash assistance program for families to promote individual responsibility
and self-sufficiency.
 For more information call: 443-423-6400

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.
 For more information call: 443-423-6400