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Department of Human Resources brings attention to parenting older youth

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Department of Human Resources brings attention to parenting older youth

BALTIMORE (November 16, 2015) – Kerry James, director of the Department of Human Resources’ Social Services Administration will bring attention to the statewide need to increase the number of adoptive and foster families willing to accept older youth. In Maryland, 50% of the 4,8000 children in foster care are between the ages of 14 and 21. During the National Adoption Month awareness event at the B&O Museum, the department will recognize an outstanding Maryland families have fostered and adopted older children.


Who: Adoptive Families

What: Adoption Recognition Event

When: November 21, 2015 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: B&O Railroad Museum, 900 w. Pratt Street, Baltimore

Note: Those families available for interview and photographs will be readily identifiable.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) the state’s social service provider. DHR collaborates with 24 local jurisdictions to: provide foster care, adoption, and protective services to children; collect and distributechild support payments; provide protective services, case- management, supportive housing, in-home aide services, and respite care to vulnerable adults; and provide temporary cash, food stamps, and medical assistance to families. It also funds programs for homeless persons, refugees, and migrant workers. Last year, DHR served over one million people in need. In terms of its annual budget, DHR is Maryland’s fifth largest state agency.

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