A Look Back at a Difficult 2020 with Talbot County’s Social Services
April 7, 2021 by The Spy
Formal annual reports come and go all the time during “normal times.” The business of recording the highlights of a specific year is a long-standing tradition to document critical events for corporations and government agencies. But they are rarely on the top of anyone’s reading list, given these somewhat predictable narratives of jobs well done.
But as Talbot County slowly finds itself hopefully coming out of the worst aspects of the COVIC-19 pandemic, these straightforward accounts don’t do justice to the extraordinary pivots local governments made as the region shut down for most of the year.
And no other agency felt more of that burden than the County’s Department of Social Services. With sky-high unemployment, child care canceled, and significant spikes in mental illness, DSS had a full plate at a time when its regular plate was already full.
Given all that, the Spy reached out to DSS director Linda Webb and her colleague, Katie Pedersen, who heads up the County’s Children’s Advocacy Center, to talk about this very strange and sometimes painful year for many Talbot families.