Search for Maryland child services programs provided by Child, Youth and Family Services, Child Support Offices, Child Abuse Prevention Offices, Juvenile Justice Centers and WIC Offices.
A Child Abuse Prevention Center is a government agency at the state, county, or local level that is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect. Child Abuse Centers provide a number of services to protect children, including collecting reports on suspected child abuse or neglect, investigating suspected cases of abuse or neglect, and providing services to prevent child abuse and domestic violence. Child Abuse Offices may also offer training, support, and assistance on how to report and prevent child abuse.
A Child Support Office is a government agency at the state, county, or local level that assists custodial parents in obtaining financial support for their children. Child Support Offices provide a number of services to support children’s welfare, including establishing paternity, locating non-custodial parents, and collecting child support payments. Child Support Offices also help enforce court orders for child support and assist families in receiving additional benefits for children. Child Support Offices provide services for anyone in the community who may be eligible for child support payments.
Child, Youth, and Family Services is a government agency at the state, county, or local level that provides a range of services to assist children, youth, and families. Child, Youth, and Family Services Offices offer early childhood services, including childcare support, family nutrition programs, and support for children with developmental delays. These offices may also run programs to end youth homelessness, prevent adolescent pregnancy, and prevent violence against children and youth. Some Child, Youth, and Family Services programs also manage foster care and adoption services.
Juvenile Justice is a division of the legal system at the state, county, or local level that focuses on youthful offenders. The Juvenile Justice System incorporates a number of government agencies, including courts, law enforcement, corrections, and social services. Juvenile Justice Centers offer rehabilitation services, detain youth awaiting formal processing in detention centers, and provide education, counseling, and other services to youth. Juvenile Justice Centers also offer reentry services for youth who have been released from a juvenile correction facility.
A WIC Office is a local branch of the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC program provides nutrition assistance for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants, and children. WIC Offices provide services to income-eligible families who require food assistance. In addition to nutritional assistance, WIC Offices provide additional benefits, including health screenings, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and help obtaining other social services.