DHR Ombudsman

Foster Parent Ombudsman, Jennifer Rosen

As Maryland’s newly appointed Foster Parent Ombudsman, Jennifer Rosen serves as a dedicated advocate for resource parents across the State. Offering a direct line for resource parents to ask questions and voice their concerns, Jennifer will also serve as an intermediary when a neutral voice is needed to address differences between resource parents and the local Departments of Social Services.
 
Reporting to Secretary Lourdes Padilla, Jennifer joins the Department of Human Resources from the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, where as Supervising Attorney she oversaw a team of attorneys and paralegals in the Child Advocacy Unit’s representation of children in abuse and neglect proceedings before the Juvenile Court of Baltimore and Maryland appellate courts.
 
A lifelong Maryland resident, Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor Degree in 2004 from the University of Maryland School of Law, before embarking on her career as a public servant with the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland.
 
Fostering children comes with many rewards as well as challenges. The Maryland Department of Resources is dedicated to supporting our State’s resource parents, who day in and day out nurture and care for Maryland’s most vulnerable children.

Foster Youth Ombudsman, Angela Neal

To better serve children and youth in Maryland’s foster care system, the Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) created a new Foster Youth Ombudsman position in 2015, to ensure children and youth in foster care have an impartial advocate representing their interests and protecting their rights.

As DHR’s first Foster Youth Ombudsman, Angela Neal will elevate Maryland’s foster care system as a child welfare center of excellence. To maintain the intent of the Foster Youth Ombudsman role as an impartial advocate, Angela reports directly to Secretary Lourdes Padilla. A licensed clinical social worker with an extensive background in child welfare, Angela has supervisory and direct practice child welfare experience in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Graduating summa cum laude, she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Lafayette College, as well as her Master’s of Social Work, with honors, from the University of Minnesota where she was a Title IV-E Scholar and graduate assistant within the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW).

By providing a voice for children and youth in Maryland’s foster care system and identifying best practices, Angela will make policy recommendations to further promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and youth in Maryland’s foster care system.