Question of the Month

What is the first step in the process to become a resource parent​ with the Department of Social Services?

Thank you for your interest to be a resource parent for children in foster care. The first step in the process is to reach out to your local department of social service. Based on your residence, you can call or email the contact person listed below at the local department of social services in your county. The recruiter will be able to share information with you and answer any of your questions. They will gather some information from you and invite you to an information meeting. You can find additional information on becoming a resource parent, the requirements and training at Becoming a Resource (Foster) Parent and on the local department’s social media pages.

You may also find Families Considering Foster Care and Adoption Fact Sheet from the Child Welfare Information Gateway helpful as well. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to partner with you soon.

Best Wishes,

Jenny Jumbelick

Department of Social Services Contact

Phone #

Email Address
Allegany County Paulette Hose

(301) 784-7158
Anne Arundel County Erika Ford

(410) 897-3950
Baltimore City Recruitment #

(410) 685-8231
Baltimore County Dawn Pipesh

(410) 853-3170
Calvert County Carla Gurganus

(443) 550-6945
Carroline County Robin Bigelo

(410) 819-4533
Carroll County Susan Beard

(410) 386-3433
Cecil County Charlene Hearne

(410) 966-0191
Charles County LaDonn Barros

(301) 392-6727
Dorchester County Jessica Cruz

(410) 901-4287
Frederick County Recruitment #

(301) 600-2466
Garrrett County Misty SanJulian

(301) 533-3071
Harford County Recruitment #

(410) 836-4705
Howard County Dawn Moser

(410) 872-8839
Kent County Dawn Young

(410) 810-7659
Montgomey County Recruitment #

(240) 777-1664
Prince George’s County Recruitment #

(301) 909-2300
Queen Anne’s County Carol O’Donnel

(410) 758-8017
St. Mary’s County Natara Strother

(240) 895-7051
Somerset County Melissa Moore

(410) 677-4370
Talbot County Christine Abbatiello

(410) 820-7185
Washington County Tina Wolfensberger

(240) 420-2197
Wicomico County Kelly Myrer

(410) 713-3971
Worcester County Trina Townsend

(410) 677-6849

Do you have a Question?

If you have a question for the Resouce Parent Ombudsman please:

*Anything you share with the Resource Parent Ombudsman is confidential.