There is unparallel beauty in Kent County Maryland. However, there is a hidden side to Kent County. A side where food, shelter, healthcare and safety are uncertain.

The Kent County DSS Advisory Board is looking for individuals to join the board, those who can see both sides and can add their voices for those whose needs are often hidden. The KC DSS Advisory Board also oversees the Kent County CARES Foundation. The fund the protects and serves Children, Adults, Resources, Education and Support.

The Kent County CARES Foundation is a member of the Maryland Association of Social Service Boards, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization.

The CARES foundation is an arm of the Kent County Social Services Advisory Board that reviews the hard work of our local social services that protect and preserve vulnerable children, adults and families. All the money raised is all used locally.

This foundation does not receive government funding. It was established to provide funding for programs that service at-risk/low-income families, children or vulnerable adults where there are no government funds available.

Examples of how the funds have been used in programs across Maryland include:

  • Emergency housing/Utility shut-off aid
  • Vocational job training assistance
  • School supplies, clothing and summer camps
  • Emergency medical assistance such as medical devices or dental services

Kent County DSS Success

For the last 6 months of 2019 there were 790 household who had certified applications for the Maryland Energy Assistance program resulting in a lowering of energy bills by over $550,000.00.

For the last 6 months of 2019 there was a total of approximately 2,500 recipients of the Food Supplement program (SNAP) for a total of over $1.5 million.

Remarkably, for over 1 year there have been no new children placed in foster care in Kent county due to the diligent efforts of the caseworkers in Kent county DSS.

Kent County has its own nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center and the Kent County CARES Foundation has been assisting in providing equipment and training for these services to be available locally. The Child Advocacy Center provides for a safe place for the interviewing of children who are alleged victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and neglect. It is an organizing center for the multidisciplinary team that is necessary for the evaluation of allegations of child maltreatment, providing for all disciplines: law enforcement, social services and mental health services to work together for the benefit of our children and families.