Dorchester County

Allegany CountyNicholette Smith-Bligen
Nicholette Smith-Bligen


We envision partnering with the community and residents of Dorchester County to empower and strengthen vulnerable individuals and families to self sufficiency, independence, health and wellbeing.


We will respectfully assist families and individuals of Dorchester County with a safety net of services to help them maintain, and/or enhance their quality of life; and to prevent abuse, neglect, and the exploitation of the community’s most vulnerable.

Dorchester County DSS

627 Race Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Phone: 410-901-4100
Fax: 410-901-1047

Hours of Operation:
Beginning November 1st, we will be instituting our winter hours of 8am – 4:30pm

Office of Child Support Enforcement

627 Race Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 259,
Cambridge, MD 21613

Customer Service: 1-800-332-6347

Automated Customer Service and Payment Information: 1-800-723-9937

Dorchester County News

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Child Support Information and Resources

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff – James Phillips
829 Fieldcrest Road
Cambridge, MD 21613

Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
P.O Box 150
206 High Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

Open: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Cambridge Police Department
8 Washington Street
Cambridge, Maryland 21613

Dorchester County State’s Attorney
William H. Jones
501 Court Lane, Suite 211
Cambridge, MD 21613

Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the innocent victims in Orlando. While this horrific tragedy has shaken our nation, our solidarity is made evident by the acts of kindest prevailing in response. Residents flocking to blood donation centers, water being donated to first responders and volunteers, rental properties being donated to victim’s families, money being raised and supplies being shipped from across the country- this is the America we know and love.

We honor the first responders and law enforcement who acted with bravery and courage. We stand with the people of Orlando. There is no room for hate in our great nation, and in the face of tragedy we will continue to rally and come together as one community. #OrlandoUnited

Special Announcements:

Upcoming Events

Fatherhood Initiative BBQ
Thursday, August 18, 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Located: At the Corner of Race and Cedar St.

Help Hope and Housing Resource Day (HHHRD)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Located: Career & Technology Center
Cambridge South Dorchester High School
2475 Cambridge Beltway
Cambridge, MD 21613

2nd Annual Family Fun Fest
Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Located: At the Corner of Race and Cedar St

2nd Annual Fatherhood Roundtable
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Located: Career & Technology Center
Cambridge South Dorchester High School
2475 Cambridge Beltway
Cambridge, MD 21613

Dorchester County: The Power of DAD, Inaugural Fatherhood Roundtable click here.

20160621-Power of Dad event

The 2015 Dorchester County Annual Report is now available here.

DCDSS 1st Annual Family Fun Fest held on October 24, 2015

20151024-Dorchester County DSS First Annual Family Fun Fest

Dorchester County Department of Social Services collaborates with the Judy Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Assistance
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
Temporary Disabilities Assistance Program (TDAP)
Food Supplement, TCA, and TDAP
Medical Assistance
Medical Assistance (Medicaid/MA)
Different Ways to Qualify for MA
Emergency Assistance for Families & Children (EAFC)
Child Care Subsidy (CCS-formerly POC)
What should I bring when I apply?

Contact Information

Service Phone
Child Protective Services 410-901-4100
Child Protective Services (after hours) 410-228-2222 (Sheriff’s Dept.)
General Information 410-901-4100