Jewish Social Services Agency of Metropolitan Washington

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200 Wood Hill Road
Rockville, MD 20850
United States

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Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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JSSA is the health and social wellness agency that supports our neighbors in Montgomery County, MD, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC through life's consequential moments.

JSSA is the health and social wellness agency that supports our neighbors facing life’s consequential moments. Serving Montgomery County, MD, northern Virginia, and DC, our work is built on a commitment to healing our corner of the world. Our high-quality services are rooted in caring and designed with you in mind.

Whether you’re coming to us for help in navigating end-of-life care for a loved one or searching for the right therapist to support your family, our team of experts will listen with respect. We connect your needs and concerns with the right people who can help.

Services and information

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Requirements to become a foster parent

Understanding the licensing requirements is the first step, as they vary by state. In Maryland, potential foster parents must meet the following criteria:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Live in a safe home, either a house or an apartment
  • Undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Remain financially stable
  • Able to support a child financially
  • Undergo a medical examination
  • Attend a medical reexamination every two years
  • Provide three references
  • Attend necessary parent training/education courses
  • A minimum of two home visits by an approval worker
  • Child support clearance
  • No use of physical punishment allowed
  • Receive a fire inspection and health clearance from local departments

The foster care agency you work with will help you to meet these qualifications. They answer your questions, provide parent education training, conduct home visits, and more. As such, they'll be your first point of contact as you prepare for your first placement.

Remember that it will take time to go through the approval process. The home study takes the longest, consisting of lots of paperwork, interviews, inspections, etc. However, you'll be a licensed foster parent in Maryland when it's over.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

3.4 / 5
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LJ Smith
May 23, 2023

They never answer their phone. I have never been able to get through. Extremely frustrating.

Rating: 1

irene perla
Nov 18, 2019

Very bad experience.

Rating: 1

Jill Myers
Nov 01, 2019

Every step with JSSA Hospice from interview with nurse, to admission, to Dolly the Nurse, Annette the SW, the phone staff, the on call people. Everyone was caring, knowledgeable and were with us through the entire 3+ weeks Dad was on hospice care. I highly recommend this agency for your hospice needs. What professionals, with care and understanding.

Rating: 5

Peggy Sue
Jul 21, 2019

JSSA HOSPICE TEAM is wonderful. Call hospice as soon as your loved one is diagnosed with a condition that leaves them less than 6 months. JSSA staff came to our home to help us care for our Mother who had been diagnosed with metastasized lung cancer. Nurse, chaplain, social worker, and healthcare aid all came to the house. They provided much appreciated equipment: hospital bed, transport chair, commode, oxygen, comfort meds, bathing & oral care supplies. Finally, we had the tools and support to make Mother comfortable and allow her to die at home as she wished. Nurse Addi was there with us at the end, supportive, compassionate, and practical.
What a blessing JSSA Hospice was to us in our time of greatest need.

Rating: 5

Chemist Mimz
Jul 12, 2019

The intake staff is terrible. She expects the person receiving treatment to make the appointment when the person has a disability (executive functions) and also does not have the time considering that the person works odd/long hours. Also, do not expect to get help/treatment until 1+ month in advance for new patients.

Rating: 1