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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