August 26, 2005
"Mommy, what does it mean to be adopted?" My 6-year-old had overheard a conversation and was curious. "It's when a little boy or a little girl who doesn't have a mommy and a daddy is taken care of by someone who wants to be that child's mommy or daddy," I told her, remembering that my son asked a similar question when he was about her age. Children typically begin to ask questions about adoption when they start attending school, says...
April 16, 2002
Parenting classes Beginning Tuesday, April 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, corner of West Washington and South Prospect streets. A wide variety of topics will be covered. Classes are free to the public and a playroom is available for children. Call the Parent-Child Center, 301-791-2224. Anyone interested in parenting classes specifically for teen parents are asked to call the same number. Amyloidosis Support Group Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m., Antrim House Restaurant, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagers-town.
June 2, 2006
Workshop for parents and professionals The Parents Place of Maryland will offer a free workshop to parents and professionals. Medical Assistance in Maryland will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 5, at Washington County Free Library, South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. For information, call Debbie Green, parent educator, at 301-582-3114. Adoption support FREDERICK, Md. - Parents and Children Together: Adoption Support Group will meet Saturdays, June 3 and 17. The free group is for adoptive parents and their children and is co-sponsored by Families Plus!
February 2, 2012
County Republican group opposes gas tax increase To the editor: The Herald-Mail recently published several stories about a secret meeting between local business and political leaders on a strategy to gain support for a 15-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase. The main concern of this group should have been the impact on Washington County voters of increasing the gas tax rather than on how to fund “pork projects.” Many Washington County workers commute outside the county and are affected by the already-high price of gasoline.
September 11, 2006
Brittani Eichelberger Hagerstown With her nut-brown skin and oil-black hair, Brittani Love Eichelberger looks nothing like the adoptive parents who saved her from the streets of Calcutta, India, as an infant. Her husband more readily passes for her mother's child than she does, and her 3-year-old son, Slate, once asked why her skin is different. But Eichelberger, 22, of Hagerstown, said she never realized others thought she was different until hijacked planes struck at the heart of the country's fiscal and military centers.
September 13, 2011
The Washington County Department of Social Services and the Washington County League of Foster and Adoptive Parents will host a conference on Reactive Attachment Disorder. The conference workshops will be conducted by Jane E. Ryan, an adoptive mother of two children with RAD, a researcher, therapist and award-winning author/screenwriter. There will be two sessions: Friday, Sept. 30, 5 to 9 p.m, or Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both sessions will be held at Hagerstown Community College.
December 4, 1998
The Washington County Department of Social Services has received recognition from the Maryland Department of Human Resources for the success of its adoption program. The state department presented county officials with an award during the second annual Statewide Adoption Ceremony in Baltimore on Nov. 13. For the second consecutive year, the department had arranged nearly three times as many adoptions as they had anticipated, said Ingrid Backman, program manager for foster care and adoptions.
October 31, 2005
Fran and John Sandridge of Hagerstown were recently named Foster Parents of the Year by the Washington County Department of Social Services. Nominated by Nancy Hopkins, Family Services caseworker, the Sandridges were Washington County's first black resource home for children in 1990. Fifteen years and 32 children later, the Sandridges are continuing to open their home to children and youth of all ages and special needs. The Sandridges are both birth and adoptive parents. "Our agency is very fortunate to have the Sandridge family as a resource for our foster children," said David Engle, director of Social Services.