DHR Partners with CollegeBound Foundation to Help Baltimore Foster Youth Prepare for College

Today, Deputy Secretary Carnitra White, Steven Youngblood, Ready by 21 manager, and I joined a host of public and private partners for the CollegeBound Foundation’s 26th Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in Baltimore. Our table guests were six foster care youth who have
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DHR Has Another Record-Setting Year For Child Support Collections In Maryland

Today the Baltimore Sun featured a story highlighting the progress we’ve made at DHR over the last two years increasing child support collections, improving customer service and realizing our goal of making Maryland a Top 10 performing state. In one key category _ the collection of pa
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Employees in the News

In recent months, I learned that several DHR employees have received recognition for their work outside the office to better their communities. It’s inspiring to hear stories of DHR employees who selflessly give their free time volunteering and helping others in need, even after a lon
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Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame welcomes six new members

Each March, as we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s my honor to take part in the induction ceremony for the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. This annual event honors Maryland women who have made unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural and social l
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Partnering to end hunger in Maryland

DHR is fortunate to have community partners that help us assist vulnerable children and adults.  Maryland Hunger Solutions (MHS) is one of those partners and a critical part of our shared fight to eliminate poverty and hunger in Maryland. Director Cathy Demeroto from MHS was kind enou
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DHR employees show their generosity

We recently closed out the 2012 Maryland Combined Charities campaign pledge drive. Though we are only the fourth largest state agency, once again DHR employees lead all participating state departments in giving. I am proud of you all and appreciate everyone who contributed to making 2
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Moving More Marylanders From Welfare to Work

One of the perks of being a member of the governor’s cabinet is that you are assigned a pretty good seat for the annual State of the State address in Annapolis. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s speech yesterday recapped many of the administration’s top accomplishments while outlining an aggress
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We’re working hard to help Maryland families have a healthy and prosperous 2013

The last four years have been tough for many Maryland individuals and families. A record number of households in need have turned to DHR for help with medical assistance, putting food on the table or paying the heating bill. Yet despite the increased workload this caused, our dedicate
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Why Place Matters in Maryland

Happy Holidays to everyone!  This front-page story in today’s Baltimore Sun is particularly fitting for this time of year and showcases some of the progress that we are making with the kids in our care. Please check it out when you get a moment. The article highlights the tremendous p
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Taking a hard look in the mirror to improve our Child Support customer service

It’s all too easy to look at a monthly or annual report and reasonably conclude, hey, we’re doing a pretty good job.  For example, last year, DHR’s Child Support Enforcement Administration, or CSEA, collected and dispersed a record $544 million in child support to families. This was a
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