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Annual report is released by Department of Social Services

December 26, 2009

The Washington County Department of Social Services recently released its annual report.

"The past year has been marked by continued progress in our commitment to community," said David A. Engle, director of the department of social services. "We embraced strategic planning and continuous quality improvement as the primary means to reach our goals."

Highlights of the report include:

o Placed 170 Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) customers in unsubsidized employment with 166 community employers at an average wage of $8.78 per hour.

o Diverted 89 TCA applicants from welfare through job placements, emergency assistance, welfare avoidance grants and referrals to community partners.

o Completed safety assessments for 1,625 families including 4,588 children.

o Thirty-four foster children achieved permanency through adoption services.

o Reduced the group home population from 59 to 39 as of June 30.

o Provided services to 35 pregnant or parenting high school students so they could remain enrolled in school, Twenty-two graduated in June and 11 were promoted to the next grade.

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o Collected $385,285 from participants in the Non-custodial Parent Employment Program.

o Completed risk assessments for 360 vulnerable adults.

To view the full report, go to www.dhr.state.md.us/county/washing/.

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