St. Mary's County Department of Social Services: Child Protective Services information provided by: the Core Service Agencies

Child abuse is defined by the Family Law Article as: "Any physical or mental injury or injuries sustained by a child from any parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care or custody or responsibility for supervision of a child, or by any household member, under circumstances that indicate that the child's health or welfare is harmed, or at substantial risk of being harmed." Child neglect is defined by the Family Law Article as: "Any leaving of a child unattended, or other failure to give proper care and attention to a child by any parent or other person who has permanent or temporary care of custody or responsibility for supervision of a child under circumstances that indicate that the child's health or welfare is harmed, or placed at substantial risk or harm or mental injury to the child, or a substantial risk of mental injury." Mental injury means the observable, identifiable, and substantial impairment of a child's mental or psychological ability to function. If mental injury is suspected, an assessment by two of the following must be conducted: a licensed physician, a licensed psychologist and a licensed social worker. Any person who has reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse and/or neglect should notify DSS or law enforcement.
Record last updated: Feb 24 2010 9:40AM
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  • Ella May Russell, Director
    23110 Leonard Hall Drive
    Leonardtown, MD 20650
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Phone Numbers

  • (240) 895-7000
  • Child Protective Services Intake
    (240) 895-7016

FAX

  • (240) 895-7099

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pepper916
4/29/2011 9:03:38 AM

Has not helped but only made my daughters situation worse. Cannot seem to get information straight and communication is very poor!!!
Mc1843
2/12/2013 8:08:20 AM

Worthless. Only concerned about CYA procedures. Over react to simple problems and just make things worse. Turn normal childhood problems into state run projects.
je1915
12/22/2013 8:19:40 AM

Unprofessional!!! Yells at adult being interviewed, used derogatory language in conversation. Provided false information to child client inorder to solicit informationfrom child. Not helpful but threatening.
 
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