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Program Description

  Health and Human Services

The attorneys in this division act as counsel and give legal advice to the Department of Health and Human Services. The attorneys represent Child Welfare Services in the Juvenile Court, in cases involving child abuse and child neglect, and Aging and Disability Services in the Circuit Court, in adult guardianship cases.

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Program Contacts

Contact Carolyn Kilgariff of the Office of the County Attorney at 240.777.6766 or Naeem Mia of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2786 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Number of children in need of assistance (CINA) or guardianship hearings2,4762,6182,4442,4442,444
Number of adoptions granted1519191919
Number of CINA cases closed168182175175175
Number of new adoption petitions filed1719191919
Number of new CINA petitions filed170193178178178
Number of new termination of parental rights (TPR) petitions filed 14622323232
Number of termination of parents rights (TPR's) granted 23832292929
Child welfare litigation - ratio of termination of parental rights (TPR) and child in need of assistance (CINA) adjudicated granted or denied100%99.5%99.8%99.8%99.8%
1   The number of Termination of Parental Rights petitions filed is determined by the number of times the court challenges a child's plan for reunification to adoption. The increased number of adoption cases in FY17 could reflect more serious cases coming into Juvenile Court where reunification with a parent cannot be achieved and/or more cases with sibling groups. The increase in the number of petitions filed reflect the judges' commitment to permanency in Juvenile Court.
2  The number of Termination of Parental Rights petitions filed is determined by the number of times the court challenges a child's plan for reunification to adoption. The increased number of adoption cases could reflect more serious cases coming into Juvenile Court where reunification with a parent cannot be achieved and/or more cases with sibling groups. The increase in the number of petitions filed reflect the judges' commitment to permanency in Juvenile Court.
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Program Budget Changes

FY20 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved12546817.10
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-466450.00
FY20 Recommended12080367.10