Social Services recognized for its achievements for children
CENTREVILLE — Each year, the Department of Human Resources honors all 24 local Departments of Social Services for their achievements in caring for the vulnerable children they serve. This year’s awards were presented as part of the agency’s Learning Collaborative Award Luncheon.
DHR’s Child Welfare Outcomes Awards initiative strives to ensure that Mar yland’s vulnerable children are well cared for in safe and stable homes. Child Welfare Outcomes Awards are presented to jurisdictions based on their performance in areas where DHR established goals aimed at ensuring permanency for as many children as possible and indicators of the overall quality of care children receive.
This year’s Learning Collaborative Award Luncheon was held at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis on Nov. 15. Agency Director Susan Coppage, Child Protective Services and In Home Services Supervisor Susie Spiering and Foster Care Worker Jennifer Evans represented Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services.
The agency was honored for exceeding expectations in four out of six measures: percentage of children in Out of Home Placement that were visited each month, Alternative Response cases open less than 60 days, Child Protective Ser vices Investigations open less than 60 days and the number of children exiting Out of Home Placement to guardianship.
From left, Department of Human Resource’s Social Services Administration Executive Director Rebecca Jones-Gaston, Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services CPS/In Home Services Supervisor Susie Spiering, QACDSS Director Susan Coppage, QACDSS Foster Care Worker Jennifer Evans, and DHR Acting Secretary Gregory James.