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by Charles P. Strong Jr | November 5, 2006
As Washington County State's Attorney, I have fought for the victims and families of physical and sexual child abuse and other offenses against children. I have personally tried many of these cases. I lead a staff dedicated to the prosecution of defendants and the protection of children. These cases can be and usually are the toughest of cases to work with because of the horrible nastiness that adults can visit on children. These atrocious actions can leave a child scarred for life.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | April 21, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com A Washington County social worker recently received national recognition for her work with abused and at-risk children and their caregivers. Stephanie Andrews has worked for the Washington County Department of Social Services' Child Protective Services division for more than 10 years. "My main job is to assure the child's safety and make sure the child's needs are being met," said Andrews, 36, of Hagerstown. "There are no win-lose situations.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | April 29, 2007
Business leaders, bankers and industrialists all were "Running for the Roses" on Saturday at the 13th annual Crystal Ball, galloping neck and neck along with Washington County Hospital employees, auxilians and private citizens. The finish line is a new regional medical center in Washington County. "We're hoping for between $100,000 to $125,000 this year," said Robert Rankin, co-chair of the sponsorship committee this year and every year since the Crystal Ball began. All of the businesses he contacted were very supportive this year, Rankin said.
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by MARLO BARNHART | September 5, 2002
marlob@herald-mail.com A 53-year-old Williamsport man has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly trying to have sexual intercourse with his 10-year-old granddaughter on at least two occasions, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his granddaughter, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 12, according to Investigator Kenny Barnhart of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
June 2, 2008
The Washington County Department of Social Services has received official notification that it has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA). COA accreditation attests that the organization meets the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality services to the community it serves. The Council on Accreditatin for Children and Family Services is an international, not-for-profit accrediting body that includes more than 1,000 accredited public and private organizations in the United States and Canada.
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By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2011
It was more than 10 years in the making and in May, Safe Place, Washington County’s child advocacy center, celebrated 10 years of serving children and families in Washington County. David A. Engle, director of Washington County Department of Social Services, headed up a team that was the driving force behind the project. “We first applied on Feb. 20, 1991, to get a child advocacy center in Washington County,” Engle said of a $63,000 grant request to the state of Maryland’s Department of Human Resources.
NEWS
May 3, 2006
Child benefit was a success To the editor: On behalf of the Friends of Safe Place, Child Advocacy Center Inc. board and staff, I would like to thank the Home Builders Association of Washington County for hosting the second annual benefit concert and auction on Saturday, March 11, at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater. Featured was local artist Tori Anderson & Possum Holler and Nashville recording artist Hot Apple Pie. It was truly a successful event, with proceeds coming to the center to assist child abuse victims in Washington County.
NEWS
April 9, 2003
If you're passing by Hagerstown's City Park after dark this month, you may notice thousands of blue lights shining there. It's not a celebration of spring's arrival, but a reminder that for every bulb glowing in the park, there's a local child who's been abused or neglected. But this sad situation need not continue, if the public gets involved. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and local officials who deal with these situations are hoping to raise citizens' awareness of the problem and how to deal with it. How bad is the problem here?
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