Welfare applications rise from a year ago

March 24, 1993

Applications for medical assistance, food stamps and aid to families with dependent children in Carroll have increased from a year ago.

The Carroll County Department of Social Services has also seen an increase in reports of child neglect and abuse, both sexual and physical, Executive Director M. Alexander Jones told his board of directors at its monthly meeting yesterday.

Mr. Jones also said the number of applicants who have moved to Carroll recently from other counties and states has gone from an average of 11.5 a month by the end of 1991 to an average of a month by the end of 1992.

He said DSS and private agencies also are seeing more families who already have made sacrifices, such as moving in with another family, before they even apply for welfare.

"That seems to be a trend, because Carroll County is not a cheap place to live, folks," Mr. Jones said.

Mr. Jones said he suspects the steady increase since 1990 in child abuse and neglect reports could be due to more reports being filed, rather than a higher incidence.

"I suspect it's because more people are reporting it, but I have no way of knowing," he said.

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