DHS 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 Services 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 Human Services is dedicated to supporting our State’s resource parents, who day in and day out nurture and care for Maryland’s most vulnerable children.