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By Peter Hermann and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2012
A toddler was stabbed this morning at a Social Services office in East Baltimore, and the child's mother is in custody, city officials said. A woman was visiting her 8-month-old child at the office, in the 3000 block of E. Biddle St., and was in a room with the child and a social worker, said Baltimore Police Detective Donny Moses. At some point the woman became irate, Moses said, took out a long kitchen knife and stabbed the baby. The child was taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics, is in good condition and is expected to survive, Moses said.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Verna Mae Peacock Cann, a retired social worker and church musician, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 27 at Sinai Hospital. The Parkton resident was 81. Born Verna Mae Peacock in Durham, N.C., she was the daughter of James Otis Peacock and Christine Smith Peacock. She attended Durham public schools and the Mary Potter Academy, a boarding school, before she moved to Baltimore at age 16. She completed adult evening school at City College. She also had an associate of arts degree from Baltimore City Community College.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Verna Mae Peacock Cann, a retired social worker and church musician, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 27 at Sinai Hospital. The Parkton resident was 81. Born Verna Mae Peacock in Durham, N.C., she was the daughter of James Otis Peacock and Christine Smith Peacock. She attended Durham public schools and the Mary Potter Academy, a boarding school, before she moved to Baltimore at age 16. She completed adult evening school at City College. She also had an associate of arts degree from Baltimore City Community College.
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August 2, 2014
Maryland families who are involved in low risk child maltreatment cases - such as leaving a child unattended - now have an option called Alternative Response that allows them to receive a social service response that is appropriately measured to suit their circumstances. In the past, families with children who experienced a rough patch had only option - to be investigated by the local Department of Social Services - no matter whether the incident was minor or severe. As a result, the relationship between families needing help and the caseworkers whose job it was to provide it was often adversarial.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
The director of Baltimore's Department of Social Services office announced her resignation Tuesday, after seven years leading the agency. Molly McGrath Tierney said she was leaving to join Bennett Midland, a New York-based management consulting firm, as a senior partner. Her last day will be Feb. 28. "I am proud of our accomplishments at BCDSS and have decided it is time to take on the new challenge of extending our accomplishments in Maryland to other parts of the country where there is a growing appetite for this kind of success," she said in a statement.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2012
A group of Roman Catholic nuns traveling across nine states to protest a national budget proposal that cuts social service programs briefly stopped at Loyola University Maryland on Saturday. Known as the "Nuns on the Bus," the group, made up of sisters from different states, is protesting the current House budget, drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. The bus, sponsored by the Network lobbyist organization, has been drawing rallies at the offices of members of Congress over the past two weeks, where they say many supporters have come out in a show of support.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
A series of safety improvements are in the works at Maryland social services offices after an infant girl was allegedly stabbed by her mother during a supervised visit this spring, state officials said last week. The child, Pretty Diamond, who is about a year old now, has recovered from her physical wounds and is in a "loving and safe home," state human resources secretary Theodore Dallas said. Her mother, Kenisha Thomas, is scheduled for trial Oct. 29 for attempted murder, assault, child abuse and related charges.
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By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1998
A restored 19th-century building will be dedicated today as the Taneytown Job Center, where needy residents can go for counseling, food stamps, Medicaid or job assistance.The multiagency facility is intended to make it easier for northwest Carroll residents to obtain social services without having to travel to Westminster, where most of the county's agencies are located."The concept is to be where we're needed," said Peggie J. Roland, coordinator of the center and an employee service adviser for the Carroll County Department of Social Services.
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June 21, 1991
Tanja Mertina Brown-O'Neal, an employee of the Baltimore Department of Social Services, was killed Tuesday at the Rosemont Multipurpose Center, where she had worked for about a year. She was 29.Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.The attacker was shot by a private security guard and captured.The former Tanja Brown was born in Baltimore and attended Baltimore schools, graduating from Walbrook High School in 1979. She earned an associate's degree fromthe Community College of Baltimore, then attended Coppin State College, where she received a bachelor's degree in social sciences in 1989.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,Sun Staff Writer | January 27, 1995
The Catonsville office of the Department of Social Services will move this weekend from a cramped Frederick Road office to a building that was once a supermarket.Now at 727 Frederick Road, the office will open for business Monday morning at 910 Frederick Road, the former home of Caton Market, because the demand for services outgrew the amount of space."We have experienced a very large increase for applications for income maintenance services," said Maureen Robinson, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Anne M. Bond, a former supervisor in the state Department of Social Services who was interested in history and politics, died Saturday of heart failure at Mercy Medical Center. She was 89. The daughter of James Morrow, an accountant, and Ethel Wessels Morrow, an elementary educator, Anne Morrow was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and spent her early years in East Aurora, N.Y. In 1933, she moved to Baltimore with her family and graduated in 1943 from Eastern High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in international relations in 1947 from Goucher College.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Doris M. Jones, a retired social worker's aide and longtime West Baltimore resident, died June 11 of lung cancer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 73. The daughter of Leon Alexander Clark Sr., a truck driver, and Goldie Olivia Clark, a homemaker, Doris Marion Clark was born and raised in West Baltimore, where she spent her entire life. She attended city public schools and worked for more than 20 years for the state Department of Social Services as a social worker's aide.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 20, 2014
Who speaks for Ghanson Debrosse? Before he was born, many people did. Anti-abortion groups did. Churches did. Protesters did. And lawmakers did. Florida, for instance, requires that a woman undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and the provider must offer her the option of viewing the image. Ghanson was not aborted. He was born, Oct. 26, 2010, to a teenage mother, Fafane Caze. During his short stay on this Earth, he endured enough pain for a lifetime. Police say that when he wet the floor, his mother burned his genitals with a lighter, and when he soiled his diaper, she beat him with a broom handle.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2014
The director of Baltimore's Department of Social Services office announced her resignation Tuesday, after seven years leading the agency. Molly McGrath Tierney said she was leaving to join Bennett Midland, a New York-based management consulting firm, as a senior partner. Her last day will be Feb. 28. "I am proud of our accomplishments at BCDSS and have decided it is time to take on the new challenge of extending our accomplishments in Maryland to other parts of the country where there is a growing appetite for this kind of success," she said in a statement.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
An Annapolis technology company stepped up with a last-minute $10,000 donation to help provide Christmas gifts and food to needy Anne Arundel County residents. Anne Arundel's Department of Social Services put out a desperate call for help for its annual Holiday Sharing program earlier this month. Annapolis Micro Systems owner Jane Donaldson donated $10,000 to help the Holiday Sharing program meet its goal of helping 1,200 needy Anne Arundel families. County Executive Laura Neuman visited the company on Friday to offer a personal thank-you to Donaldson, who the executive described as "a great corporate citizen.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
The Baltimore Department of Social Services on Monday pledged a comprehensive review of alternative education programs for foster children, after revelations that it paid $40,000 to send students to a school in Philadelphia where they obtained a diploma in one day. The Crooked Places Made Straight Academy, where 80 youths from Baltimore took a three-hour exam to obtain a Pennsylvania high school diploma, shut down its one-day program Friday after...
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1995
The Howard County Department of Social Services is offering free bus rides to its clients from Dobbin Center in east Columbia to the agency's new offices in the Gateway Industrial Park off Route 175.As part of the service, the agency also will give rides to the County Government Gateway Building, where other county agencies that help low-income, elderly and disabled residents are housed.The bus service -- offered through a contract between the social services department and the non-profit Urban Rural Transportation Authority -- began yesterday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2013
John W. Bunting III, a former program specialist for the state Department of Social Services who was an HIV/AIDS activist, died Nov. 5 of heart failure at his Sutton Place Apartments home. He was 69. The son of a salesman and a school teacher, John William Bunting III was born in Huntington, W.Va., and was a 1962 graduate of Barboursville High School in Barboursville, W.Va. He attended the University of Baltimore and served in the Navy from 1966 to 1968 aboard the carrier USS Independence.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
A former state Social Services supervisor was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday after he admitted using the personal information of nearly 90 bank account holders in a scheme to steal more than $500,000. Michael Bowman, 61 of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised probation. Bowman came to the attention of federal investigators in September 2011, when a work email account at the Maryland Department of Social Services was flagged for suspicious activity.
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