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photo of father hugging sonNovember is National Adoption Month

A courtroom isn’t usually a very happy place, but on Saturday, November 21, people in courtrooms around the country will be celebrating the adoption of children from the foster care system.

In Baltimore County, we are delighted to join in the celebration with six of our foster children getting “forever homes” by being adopted by their relatives or foster parents.

November has been dedicated as National Adoption Awareness Month for the past 19 years. The purpose is to let people know that public agencies, such as Baltimore County Department of Social Services, have children in foster care who need loving foster and adoptive families. Attention has been given to all types of foster children; those with special needs, teenagers, infants and sibling groups that all need a place to call home. As a result more and more people have come forward to become foster parents; however, there is more work to be done.

More Individuals and Families Needed

During National Adoption Awareness Month we want to make the Baltimore County community aware that we still need more individuals and families who are able to open their hearts and their homes to our County’s most vulnerable children by becoming foster parents. Whether it’s for a night, a year or forever, these children need foster parents to provide safety, stability and love.

 Learn what it means to help change a child’s life by sharing yours. Become a foster parent. For more information, contact the Baltimore County Foster Parent Program at 410-853-3170 or       

Michelle Darling, Supervisor                            
Dawn Pipesh and Susan Oberfeld, Foster Parent Program Recruiters        
Baltimore County Department of Social Services     


A New You in 2013

by Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE
Director, Baltimore County Health and Human Services
 Health Officer

Every New Year people set goals and make resolutions and promises that they really want to keep, but they often fail to follow through because they put no plan of action in place. Don't get trapped by this vicious cycle and let 2013 be the same as every other year. Do something different to get different results.

If you live, work, or play in Baltimore County, use the following tips to become a STAR and shoot toward a healthy you. If some of the tips don't apply to you, don't sweat it. Instead, share them with someone you know who could benefit from them.

Stop Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting or want to quit, enroll in a Freedom From Smoking® cessation class.

Take the Test

Get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases at a Department of Health clinic at no cost. Sharing this information is great; spreading an infection is not.

Adopt a Pet

There are numerous  pets in Baltimore County that are in need of someone who will love and care for them. Consider opening your heart and home to anadoptable pet.

Remember to Schedule an Appointment

Women, take care of your breast and cervical health by scheduling an annual mammogram and routine Pap test. These screenings may be available free of charge to income-eligible women. Men, take care of the women you love by reminding them to schedule these life-saving tests.

For more information about STAR tips, contact the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services by calling 410-887-BCHD.

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