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County DSS honored for helping families

October 23, 2009

On Oct. 6, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Department of Human Resources Secretary Brenda Donald honored the Washington County Department of Social Services for the progress it has made in reforming Maryland's child welfare system. Washington County DSS was one of nine jurisdictions recognized.

Two and half years ago, DHR launched "Place Matters" to reform child welfare in Maryland by finding permanent families for foster children. Place Matters, an initiative of Donald, emphasizes the importance of decreasing the number of children in foster care home and group homes. The goal of Place Matters is to increase the number of children in family settings. The governor presented citations to David Engle, WCDSS director, and to the agency's foster care staff for helping 34 children find permanent families through adoption, and reducing the number of children placed in group homes by 33 percent.

The Washington County Department of Social Services is a field office of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

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