Howard County Department of Social Services
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7121 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD - 21046
- Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Tuesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
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The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state's primary social service provider, serving over one million people annually. The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City.
The Office of Adult Services focuses on the needs of the elderly, disabled and vulnerable adults. We work with local departments of social services and community based organizations to coordinate services for the vulnerable adult population throughout Maryland to promote their safety, stability and independence.
Child Protective Services (CPS) is a specific social service provided by DHS to assist children believed to be neglected or abused by parents or other adults having permanent or temporary care or custody, or parental responsibility. The program also offers service to household or family members who may require intervention to decrease the risk of any continuing physical, sexual or mental abuse or neglect.