The Department of Social Services administers a broad range of benefit and service programs to eligible Frederick County residents. Benefits programs include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, Food Assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assurance Program), Auxiliary Grants, Child Care Assistance, Energy Assistance, and Employment Services (VIEW). Services programs include Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Adult Services including Companion Services to maintain elderly and disabled individuals in their own homes, Foster Care, Adoption, and Prevention/Family Services. In addition, the Department administers a broad range of grants aimed at providing treatment to victims of abuse and neglect, developing independent living skills for foster care youth, promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, and supporting families.

Our Mission

The mission of the Frederick County Department of Social Services is to provide services to individuals and families to promote self-sufficiency, family and individual safety, family stability, personal responsibility, and commitment to children and vulnerable adults.

Our Vision

The Frederick County Department of Social Services will provide case management and financial assistance to support and empower individuals and families. The Agency will work collaboratively with other community agencies to identify, link, or provide services, and will serve as an advocate for vulnerable adults, children, and families.


In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.