Our Mission

The Kent County CARES Foundation protects children against abuse & neglect, preserves families against violence or breakdown, and supports self-sufficiency in vulnerable adults & children by funding needs not otherwise met through State, Federal or local funding.

Kent County has only placed one child in Foster Care in the last 2 years, while also having one child grown out of foster care into independence.

We’re the only county in Maryland to achieve this great goal for children and families in our county. This has been accomplished by the hard work of The KC DSS to support and protect our families.

Building a Community!

All fundraising proceeds benefit social service programs that assist & protect vulnerable children & adults in Kent County.

Did you know?


Approximately 30k children are victims of child abuse or neglect in Maryland each year.


533 cases of suspected child abuse & neglect were investigated in Kent County between 2010 & 2016.


96 of these involved suspected sexual abuse of a child.


142 cases of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable adults were investigated in Kent County between 2010 & 2016.


8 adults were in public guardianship in Kent County in 2016.


Not all needed services are funded by the government.