The Maryland Department of Human Resources is a state department that offers foster care, adoption and individual protection services. The department provides the Food Stamp Program, which includes financial assistance for low-income families to supplement their household income. It maintains a staff of more than 7,000 employees and serves over 300,000 children and adults. Located in Baltimore, the Maryland Department of Human Resources also offers child care, energy and medical assistance services. The department s child support services include paternity establishment and the collection, distribution and enforcement of support orders. In addition, it provides counseling, housing assistance and respite care services. The Maryland Department of Human Resources additionally offers transportation and legislative issue handling services.