So­cial Ser­vices rec­og­nized for its achieve­ments for chil­dren

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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.

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