Adult Services Program Back to Top
The Adult Services Program serves Dorchester County's elderly, disabled, and vulnerable persons and their families through a home and community based range of services. These services, available to people ages 18 and older, are designed to ensure independent living, quality of life, and the person's right to make choices. Adult Services include:
Adult Protective Services assists people:
- Who lack the physical or mental capacity to provide for their daily needs
- Who are unable to protect their own interests
- Who are at risk of immediate harm to themselves or to others
In-Home Aide Services assist people with activities of daily living by providing chore and personal care services, training in self-care and care taking skills. In-Home Aide Services also provides guidance and support to parents under stress and to caretakers of disable, aged and vulnerable adults.
Social Services to Adults assists people to obtain needed home and community based long-term services, equipment, and programs so that they can remain in their own homes and be self-sufficient and self-supporting. The aim of the program is to prevent abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults.
Senior Care assists people 65 and older who are disabled and at risk of institutional care to remain in their own home.
Project HOME participants live in Certified Adult Residential Environment (CARE) homes. A CARE home provides a protective living environment in a home-like setting for the disabled adult who cannot live alone primarily due to mental or physical health problems.
Transitional Emergency Medical and Housing Assistance assists disabled adults with medical and housing needs to remain in their own home by helping them to apply for financial assistance
Adult Guardianship assists vulnerable adults unable to make responsible decisions about themselves with the provisions of a court appointed public guardian. The Adult Public Guardianship Review Board oversees such cases.
AIDS Case Management assists adults diagnosed HIV-positive and with AIDS to remain in their own home with needed home and community based services
For further information on Adult Services please call Sue Todd, supervisor, at 410.901.4270 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathleen Rineholt, supervisor, at 410.901.4281 or email at email@example.com
Child Protective Services Back to Top
By law, the agency must accept all reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, and mental injury, where the health, welfare, and safety of children may be endangered by the actions or inactions of parents or other adults responsible for the children's care and well being or by an household member of family member.
The law also requires that any health practitioner (doctor, nurse, etc.), police officer. educator, or human service worker who has reason to believe that a child had been subjected to abuse, neglect or mental injury, shall report such cases to the local department or appropriate law enforcement agency. All other citizens who have reason to believe a child had been subjected to abuse, neglect or mental injury as also required to make reports.
After a referral is screened for appropriateness and an investigation is conducted, a safety assessment is made and steps are taken to provide a safe environment for the child. Services, including Families Now, Intensive Family Services, and Continuing Child Protective Services assist families in resolving problems resulting in child abuse, neglect or mental injury, and to prevent future incidents. Services include parenting training, child care, help with school problems, individual, marital, and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, vocational and employment counseling, and financial assistance with food, clothing, utilities, transportation and housing.
The agency maintains strong partnerships with law enforcement, the Board of Education and other community agencies. These partnerships ensure there are clear and concise communication and coordination activities during investigations as well as on-going education and prevention programs and initiatives.
For further information on Child Protective Services, or if you would like to make a report, please call Cathy Woodward at 410.901.4287 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To make a report when the agency is closed please call 410.228.3245
Foster Care Back to Top
Foster Parenting is a service to Dorchester County children and youth who must leave their biological parents for a limited time because of serious family problems. As a foster parent, it is your responsibility to feed, clothe, house, guide, discipline, and generally care for children in care as you would your own. The ultimate challenge facing foster parents is to recognize and respond to the unique needs of children who are not your own.
Foster parents are people who:
- Are over 21 years of age
- Are in good physical, mental, and emotional health
- Meet legal requirements for background checks, housing safety, space and equipment
- Regularly participate in training to provide the best possible care and to meet the unique needs of children in care
- Possess the skills, attitudes and stamina to effectively deal with the many behaviors and feelings displayed by children and youth who may have been neglected and/or abused
- Have a non-punitive attitude and are able to demonstrate some level of acceptance toward the parents of children in care
- Can work cooperatively with the agency's child welfare staff
- Are accepting of the temporary nature of foster care and can help children to move back to their families or move on to a more permanent or adoptive home
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