Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

Welcome to the Maryland Resource Parent Association!

We assist Foster, Kinship, Adoptive and Guardianship parents with resources that can make your role easier.

COVID-19 News That Impacts Resource Families

COVID19 Social Security Scam Warning

Beware ⚠️: Social Security phone and email scams will likely increase during the COVID-19 pandemic! Check out this tip sheet provided by the Social Security Administration to learn what to look out for. Scams may be reported at oig.ssa.gov. — with Social...

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CWA Resource Parent ONLINE TRAININGS ADDED

  The following upcoming trainings have been moved ONLINE, In response to COVID19 and concerns for everyone's health and safety. A few other dates have been postponed.   Wednesday, 3/25/20 Complicated Children* 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. | 3 Training Hours   Monday, 3/30/20...

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COVID-19: A Message for Child Welfare Leaders

Please see the message below from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau Dear Child Welfare Leaders, In the last 24 hours the Children’s Bureau has been made aware of the closing of colleges and universities to protect the health and well-being of...

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What To DO With Those Kids!?

MRPA Executive Director Arnold Eby joins Irene Clements in  a discussion with Rhonda Sciortino on the topic, ‘What To DO With Those Kids!’ during the COVID19 self isolation.

Links to Important Updates & Articles

The MRPA Mission

Our Mission is to provide support service to all Resource Families in the state of Maryland. Membership in the Association shall be open to all Resource Parents.

MRPA supports foster, adoptive, kinship and guardianship parents all across the state of Maryland.

Whether you are a current resource parent, a prospective resource parent, or a child welfare professional, MRPA is there to support you.

We realize it takes all of us working together to give children in need a stable, loving family.

In the Know: Resource Parent News

MRPA Community News

NBC News Article Featuring MRPA Executive Director Arnold Eby: Foster kids who can’t visit parents are struggling under coronavirus isolation, advocates say

"It's difficult to help them understand what's going on," a foster father said. "Sometimes even we don't understand." Read the full article HERE.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

A message from the Maryland Department of Human Services. We’ve gone blue for National Child Abuse Prevention Month 💙. Learn the signs of abuse/neglect and how to report suspected instances by visiting bit.ly/2o2ibsp. Together, we can keep kids safe.

COVID19 Social Security Scam Warning

Beware ⚠️: Social Security phone and email scams will likely increase during the COVID-19 pandemic! Check out this tip sheet provided by the Social Security Administration to learn what to look out for. Scams may be reported at oig.ssa.gov. — with Social...

DHS Letter Re: COVID19 and Foster Families

    Dear Foster Parents and Foster Parent Providers: Over the past few weeks, our state and federal governments have taken unprecedented measures to reduce the spread of the novel virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to address the...

Child Welfare Stakeholder Survey

Please help us share this survey! The University of Washington is conducting a survey about​ ​how to improve child welfare supports to maximize the ability of reunifying children with their birth families. We want to help make sure foster parents/kinship caregiver...

CWA Resource Parent ONLINE TRAININGS ADDED

  The following upcoming trainings have been moved ONLINE, In response to COVID19 and concerns for everyone's health and safety. A few other dates have been postponed.   Wednesday, 3/25/20 Complicated Children* 5:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. | 3 Training Hours   Monday, 3/30/20...

As Coronavirus Shutdowns Grow, Resource Families Left with Little Guidance (ChronicleOfSocialChange.org Article)

Quote from the Article: As coronavirus continues to impact Americans on all fronts – from toilet paper shortages to event cancellations and school closings –the frontline caregivers for many of the country’s foster youth have suddenly been caught off guard. Resource...

COVID-19: A Message for Child Welfare Leaders

Please see the message below from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau Dear Child Welfare Leaders, In the last 24 hours the Children’s Bureau has been made aware of the closing of colleges and universities to protect the health and well-being of...

A message from the Child Welfare Academy on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and upcoming trainings.

Update Message on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) The University of Maryland has provided directives and guidelines that, effective immediately, limits meetings and large gatherings, encourages social distancing, remote working and learning, and tightens guidance regarding...

NFPA 2020 Conference Scholarship Application (Deadline May 1st, 2020)

MRPA would like to share this post from the NFPA about their scholarship offerings for the June, 2020 conference. Conference scholarships will be awarded to 24 foster, adoptive, or kinship caregivers to assist in attending the National Foster Parent Association's...

Upcoming Events

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Prepping for the 2020 Census: Count All Kids

“The Count All Kids Campaign is a public outreach effort to working with advocates, state and local policy makers, complete count committees, service providers, and others to persuade families with young children to fill out the census questionnaire and make sure they include all their children.”

Resources for Parents

The MRPA is a member of the Maryland Charity Campaign. Learn more here.

Resources Shared From the National Foster Parent Association

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Graphic Resource From the National Foster Parent Association and the FASD Network

“Individuals with FASD may be over or under-sensitive to certain sensory inputs, meaning that they may be so focused on what they hear, see, or feel that they can’t focus on other things. Sensory processing impairments can affect an individual’s learning, physical functioning, and behavioural development. Here are just some of the sensory disabilities individuals with FASD may experience.”