Welcome to the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS)

The Department of Community Resources and Services has eight offices to address the needs of multiple generations, tailor services to different cultural values, and promote full inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Plus, our No Wrong Door approach makes it easier for Howard County residents to access the vital human services they need to thrive.




Office of Children and Families to Hold First Ever Family Engagement Conference, “Thrive By Five”
Giving parents tools to make the most of their child’s formative years

The Howard County Office of Children and Families announces its first ever parent engagement conference created specifically for Howard County parents of children birth to age five. Thrive By Five: A Family Institute Essential Parent Conference will take place on Saturday, November 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel 20723. Admission is free. Read more...


Howard County Commission for Women Seeks Nominations for 2020 Women’s Hall of Fame

Howard County’s Commission for Women is seeking nominations for outstanding women to be inducted into the 2020 Women’s Hall of Fame (WHOF). This annual event honors Howard County women who have made significant contributions to the lives of others in Howard County, the State of Maryland and/or the nation through their leadership, professional and/or community service. The nomination deadline is Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Read more...


Howard County Announces 2019 Disability Awards Winners and Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and the Howard County Commission on Disabilities today announced the winners of the Commission’s 25th annual Awards Program. The program honors the outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations that advance full participation in community life for all people and promote the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. Read more...


2019 Report on the Status of People with Disabilities in Howard County


This report by the Howard County Commission on Disabilities examines Howard County’s ability to provide services to the County’s residents with disabilities in the areas of Education, Peer Relationships, Employment, Transportation and Housing. To view the report, click here.

Coming Events

2019 Champions of Change Conference

Champions of Change invitation

Register now for the 2nd annual Howard County Champions of Change two-day conference featuring an opening reception, networking, and a panel discussion: "Courage in Leadership" from 4 to 7 p.m. on December 4, and a full day of activities on December 5 from 8 am to 5 pm, with keynote speakers on equity and trauma informed care; 10 workshops on community engagement, equity, mental health and capacity building; and a closing plenary featuring A.J. Ali, Director and Producer of the documentary "Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer." Conference cost is $89 per person; CEU's available. For more information, call 410-313-0221.


Thrive by Five: An Essential Parenting Conference

Thrive by Five flier

Parents, learn about health and behavior information to help your child thrive by the age of five. Free, but registration is required at https://thrivebyfivehoward2019.eventbrite.com. For more information, call the Office of Children and Families at 410-313-1940.


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