Talbot County Department of Social Services, Adult Protective Services


ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: Offers professional services to eligible persons who are unable to protect their health, safety and welfare. An adult at-risk of endangerment is one who is maltreated, has inadequate food, clothing and shelter, or lacks essential medical care. DSS investigates the reports and arranges for services to remedy the situation. Legal mandates require adults in neglect cases to be seen within 5 days and in abuse cases within 24 hours. In severe cases, DSS petitions the Circuit Court to appoint a guardian. If no family member or individual is available to be the guardian, DSS will be appointed guardian for persons under age 65. Area Agency on Aging will be guardian for persons ages 65 and older.

  • Eligibility: Vulnerable adults age18 and older that are abused, neglected or exploited.
  • Fee: None.
  • Application Process: Call to report abuse or neglect.
Agency Status
Physical Address
301 Bay Street
Unit 5
Easton , MD 21601
Contact Information
Main 410-770-4848